Boy, I had quite a journey with this little painting the other night. This is 5 x 5 3/4″ on Arches 140 lb. cold-press watercolor paper:
Sometimes the combination of listening to a good audiobook and painting a picture can be a wonderful escape from the news headlines that are becoming all-too-anxiety provoking for this HSP. I got very lucky with a recent pick, “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” by Anne Bronte, which I was able to download from Hoopla for free in a couple of minutes. (Gotta love the library system!) I just love British literature with all of my heart, particularly the classics, and this one is really filling the bill for me right now.
The creepy setting and mysterious female main character we meet toward the beginning of the story bled into my painting a bit, I think. (She is also an oil painter, which I didn’t know going in, and loving that aspect too.) I’m also loving the narration, the characters, the creepy, wild setting, even the cover art on the audiobook. But I’m thinking my paintings may start to darken a bit in the coming days. (Then again, maybe not, I don’t know what happens after all, lol.)
I’m having lots of fun learning about M. Graham Ultramarine, Prussian and Phthalo blues and some Quinacridone Violet snuck into this one as well, I believe. Working wet into wet is what I love most about watercolor. I really like to just turn it loose and let it play, letting the colors find each other, join hands and dance. There’s just nothing like it, for me. Really enjoying working with a 1/2″ flat acrylics brush – I like the Princeton Umbria series, not sure if I have any sisters or brothers out there who are also fans. It brings enough water to the page, but not nearly as much as my sable flats or even the Princeton Select brushes with longer bristles that I think of as more of a watercolor line. (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 CST Monday 7/25, and thank you!)
I hope you find your happy place this weekend, and May Anne Bronte (or someone like her) and good ol’ Paint Puddles be with you!