|"Summer Morning Geraniums" 20 x 30 cm watercolor on paper ( Cartiera Mangnani hotpress)|
In the first months of summer, the light is very strong at dawn and into the early morning hours. It's a great time for taking reference photos because of the abstract shadow patterns that objects create. In this painting I tried to push the idea and work with the shadows being formed against the building. The brightly colored petals are being warmed by the rise of the early July sun. For lack of better ideas, the title to this watercolor is... "Summer Morning Geraniums".
I started this painting as a sketch to test paper I recently purchased and in order to play with some new colors in my palette. There are many mistakes in the painting but I managed to finally achieve strong darks. Hooray!! I need to work on my leaf painting skills, they never come out looking right. Indigo blue, Winsor Green and new Gamboge are my new colors from Winsor and Newton. I hopefully didn't go overboard with them. I am redoing my palette and ordered another six tubes, I can hardly wait!
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