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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Keeping Watch over the Rainbow Fruit

This was one of the projects this week at the Chris Leeper watercolor workshop.  His challenge on this one was to do a painting using 3 primary colors - a blue, a yellow and a red.  I used Pthalo Blue, Quindacridone Red, and Cadmium Yellow medium.   It is amazing that you can get such a wide range of colors with just 3 colors - even the saturated darks (which used a lot of paint! :)   We were allowed to select our own source pictures so I selected this still life from the reference library at WetCanvas.com.    After layering in the dark background, I found that I had to go back into the fruit and add more color because the dark background faded out the colors.  This is painted on Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper and is on 1/4 sheet of paper.


Dee Doyle said...

Rich luscious brown that didn't flatten out! Love it! Nice paintng, Barb! I like yesterday's colors as well. Wil have try those combos.

Barb Sailor said...

Thanks, Dee! This has been a wonderful week with an awesome instructor! Check out www.christopherleeper.com




RH Carpenter said...

It's amazing what deep darks you got with just those three colors, Barb. Sounds like a real winner of a workshop!

Norena said...

Just Gorgeous!