Ever since I made this painting earlier this month, I’ve wanted to revisit it in order to create a series. My painting time lately has been very limited, so I thought I’d show a progress post for this one. This is 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ on Arches 140-lb. cold press watercolor paper:
So far, this one was created in a very similar process to that described in the original “World Turning” post. It started with a watercolor background in M. Graham Azo/Aureolin Yellow and Nickel Quinacridone Gold, and then once that dried, I went back in with some M. Graham Phthalo and Prussian blues in watercolor. Added some Winsor and Newton Green Gold and some M. Graham Viridan in Acrylic Heavy body paint.
I really do like the M. Graham acrylics; they are creamy and very vibrant, much like their watercolor pigments, and less expensive than Golden. However, Golden fluid acrylics (the paint is like silky heavy cream and very richly pigmented) are unique to Golden, as far as I know, and of all of the acrylics I’ve tried, their fluid paints are the ones that call me back time after time. In my opinion, they are worth the money, because a little goes a very long way, there is a wonderful range of colors, and they can be watered down for watercolor effects, yet you retain the vibrant hues.
For this painting, though, as it is World Watercolor Month, I tried to make this a primarily watercolor piece, and the only acrylic in this at this stage is some Liquitex acrylic gesso and just that bit of Graham Viridian acrylic in the very dark green on the right-hand side of the first circle. (Note: As a Blick Art Materials affiliate, purchases from these links help to support my site, and a fledgling art business. Enjoy Free Shipping on orders of $35 or more through midnight Pacific time tonight, plus additional percentage discounts on many items, and thank you!)
I do think this one calls for more depth, so I’m not calling it finished yet, but I’d love to hear your thoughts, and maybe sleeping on it is a good idea too. Well, we made it to Friday! Time to shake thy tailfeathers! Can anyone believe August is almost here?! I think World Watercolor Month is making it fly by even faster than normal! Peace and a Happy Weekend to all!