“The creative process is all about experimenting, letting go of the logical information that our brains have processed during our lifetimes, and embracing the concept of seeing our world in a much broader sense” Janet Weight Reed – The Apple Exercise
This image is about being spontaneous – not being governed by an imagined outcome. a case of going with the flow.…...watercolour/gouache
I began with a mix of burnt sienna and prussian blue to make the darks, along with glorious Winsor & Newton Green Gold – a wonderfully transparent pigment.
Working very fast and using an old image as a ‘jumping off point’ I begin to build up the whole composition.
All white areas are dry white paper…..
Continuing to work rapidly, I start to build up the image..using a mix of transparent watercolour and opaque designer gouache. I use a knife to scrape out areas…to give a sense of energy.
I am not concerned about the end result…rather am enjoying the process of letting go and applying juicy paint to the paper…
As is the case with all of life...it’s all about the journey and not the destination……..
Building layers of paint, I have allowed some of the transparent watercolours to show through. At the same time I add gouache to add opaque areas to the image. All whites are dry white paper.
I was going to add a hummingbird – maybe later…..
I have been asked what palettes I use for my watercolours…..this image shows a selection.
I am a creature of habit…and have had some of these palettes for over thirty years..namely the round palette and the tiny sketching palette.
The smaller palette in bottom left corner with fold over lid is perfect for travelling – and the large palette on right with lid is also goof for long haul trips. When I run out of colour in my tiny palette, I simply refill it with tube paint.
I don’t clean off all the paint between painting sessions. I run the palette under the tap using a brush to remove the messy areas. This leaves blobs of pure colour which are still perfectly usable! If it dries completely, you simply re-activate with water.
A magical hummingbird for the week ahead….
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