cool reflections

I’m pretty sure this is my new favorite watercolor; I love the composition, love the colors, love the white space, and totally love the rocks and the gently fading purple and blue.

I painted this one afternoon during workshop time at the Paradise Art Center. The gallery there is having a June watercolor show with a “Reflections” theme, so I’ve been playing around with drips and blends and various color schemes. Lately I am very partial to this combination of Winsor Blue and Dioxazine Purple.

I started with wet on wet, holding the paper horizontally in the air, with the “horizon line” parallel to the table. Along that line I dropped on the purple and blue with my trusty #30 brush, letting the blue drip down one side and the purple drip down the other side. When the blending was done and the paint almost dry, I filled in the tree details and the negative painting for the rock shapes. And that was it! Success!

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About Renee Goularte

I have returned recently to art-making after twenty years of teaching in elementary school. An art in itself....
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3 Responses to cool reflections

  1. Jan says:

    Renee- I LOVE this painting! The trees almost look like a negative image. I will have to try this bleeding colors wet on wet because every time you post one I am instantly drawn to it. I have seen a sophistication from your earlier pieces to the more recent ones. I love the direction you are going. What are the dimensions of this painting?

  2. This painting is 11×15.

  3. This painting is amazing. I love it!

    Thanks for explaining your process.

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