Well, this is my first post in my very first blog. To get things rolling, here are a few flower paintings – my first!
A brief description of my method. I always use good quality rag paper, in this case it was Arches 140lb NOT, and always Winsor & Newton tube colours which I squeeze out into very large pans or onto the plate which I use for mixing.
I wanted these paintings to work as a set and so I used the same colours in each – a very limited palette of red, yellow and blue, namely quinacridone magenta, quinacridone gold and antwerp blue. Even the darkest darks are just a mix of these 3 colours – I didn’t use black. I am not averse to using black and do use it frequently, but the intensity of these particular colours are such that I didn’t need it.
I start by splashing water and colour around, working on the lightest tones first. I let the washes dry before proceeding to the mid tones and then the darks. I keep it as loose as possible, splashing the paper with water and pigment, dabbing with a tissue, adding more water here and more pigment there, but always being careful to paint around the brightest areas. The details only emerge at the very end of the process.
I might try to capture the process step by step in the future if anyone is interested. Let me know!