Monday, January 21, 2008

Watercolor Painting - Sticks & Stones IV


Sticks & Stones IV 7x10" watercolor on Arches 140lb CP

Well I am definitely in the grips of the winter blues, but have been fighting bravely against it...lots of chocolate, painting, music....and of course, the meds. Winter will end, and it will be warm again....

In the meantime...here is the third for Myrna's challenge:

Triangular composition (she says she threw that one in just for fun...twisted) ; Texture; and Quin Gold. I think I covered all the bases. It was hard to get the color right...there should be more dark in the flower, but then the background gets too dark. Ah well, you get the idea...just imagine some darks.
I love Quin Gold...it can be just about any color on the orange-yellow section of the color wheel you need...and mixes so interestingly with other colors. I cheated a bit on the texture part...used plastic wrap - never tried it before; it turned out okay I think. Of course, my children think I'm brilliant. Bless their little biased hearts...

Off to bed...drop me a line and let me know what you think...about...stuff.

9 comments:

RHCarpenter said...

I like the texture in the background and the flower. Well done :) I think I may have given up the challenge at 2!!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Great painting and plastic wrap is not cheating at all. It is a textural material. Texture can be visual and/or tactile. Wonderful solution to the challenge. Keep it going!

Tracy Wandling said...

Thanks Rhonda - Don't give up! Just pick a simpler subject and start again, something that you can draw without hardly thinking about it. That's what I did...and I just use whatever elements Myrna picks. Try again!

Thanks Myrna - This is a great learning tool...and fun to boot! I find myself having to really think before I paint...which I rarely do. Thanks!

Clive said...

Nothing blue or melancholic about this one, lovely piece.

This is quite possibly the first winter of my adult life that I haven't had seasonal affective disorder of some sort. I wish I could pass on some secret to prevent it arriving on schedule; vitamin D; cod liver oil; pomegranite juice; less work; more skiing; old age...it could be anything. Painting more stuff like this might do it for ya.

Tracy Wandling said...

Hi Clive - Yeah, it's a bitch, ain't it. It's dark when I go to work, and the sun is setting as I get home from work. I need more daylight!!! So, I turn on all the lights in the house, crank the tunes, and paint, paint, paint!!
Thanks for stopping by...nice to see some new stuff on your site, too.

Joan said...

This is great! I like the composition and the warm colors in this. You did a great job with the plastic wrap for texture. I've never had any success with that method. I don't think I'm patient enough to let it set. Good job on this!!

Tracy Wandling said...

Hi Joan - Thanks! Patience isn't my strong suit either...so you have to do it just before you go to bed...that's the best way!

Joan said...

Tracy - I'll have to try that some time. That would probably be the only way I wouldn't keep fiddling with the plastic wrap. Good idea!

Ron Morrison said...

You've done a nice job with your blog, Tracy.