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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Lorrie #62 and #63 - Moonlight Tree & Dawn Tree

Moonlight Tree, watercolor 9 x 12 inches
Dawn Tree, watercolor 9 x 12 inches
Playing with some background washes and making trees using methods other than "painting them on with a brush." Dawn Tree was an experiment using a color I never use--earth green--because it's muddy right out of the tube. Over the dried background wash, I put down plain water in the shape of a tree trunk and large branches, then added the earth green in spots, and also added mixtures of earth green plus ultramarine (for a cool variation), and earth green plus vermillion (for a warm variation). While that was still wet, the smaller branches were done with a fun technique called... can you guess by looking at it?? While still damp, I touched in concentrated colors here and there. This was so much fun. I could not resist doing it again with different colors (Moonlight Tree) and again (not show).


Elva Paulson said...

Your trees are facinating ... beautiful and artistic. I love whate watercolors can do ... and this makes use of their special qualities.

Kelly said...

...these are really cool. I love those spots of color. Drawing with a brush always adds spontaneity. You want to keep looking at them because they are so interesting.