Thursday, April 30, 2015

Small Seascape Watercolor Painting on Gessoed Mat Board

"Morning Tide Going Out"
5 x 7" watercolor

Today's small colorful painting continues the series I started using watercolors on specially prepared mat board. For more information please see my earlier blog post.

"Morning Tide Going Out", colorful original watercolor painting, is an impressionistic view of the beach tide as it is turning in the morning light. The painting is watercolor on specially gessoed mat board to give a texture different from paper. The painting is sealed on the surface so it can be framed without glass as traditional watercolors need for protection.  

This is another painting from my series of seascapes using this technique with watercolors. I have found that my sable watercolor brushes do not work well on this textured surface. The substrate is very desirable because it is easily handled and makes shipping easier than watercolor paper.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Playing With Blue Colors in Daisy Flowers Small Colorful Painting

"Fresh As A Daisy"
5 x 7" oil painting

The blue colors in these daisy like flowers inspired me to play with colors from cerulean blue to lavender blue. The bright blue colors are harbingers of spring in my garden with tulips in various colors following them.

Playing with the blue colors gave this impressionistic small painting and prevented me from getting into sharp focus realism of painting precise petals on the flowers. Dutch irises now in bloom in my yard challenge me to explore their blues, blue purples, and red purples. 

I used my usual limited palette of double primary colors (warm and cool) with only the addition of cerulean blue. 

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