30 in 30: Days 1 and 2

February 02, 2018

30 in 30: Days 1 and 2

I'm working on looser brush strokes, faster painting, and new color combos this month, so let's take a look...

Yesterday was Day 1 and I did a little study in oil pastels...my first time venturing into that medium! But I was also jet-lagged, sick, and exhausted yesterday so I decided to cut myself some slack and get a real start today.

I tried a couple different things, but the first painting is no big thing and I don't really like it, so let's get it out of the way. It's a little TOO loose for me, you know? Not enough detail or space and I DO NOT LIKE working on this paper. It is ROUGH cold press and I just can't stand it, so adios to that and back to my lovely smooth cold press and hot press paper!! 

Then I decided to work with the blue paints I have and to try a few different effects and florals. Working with a somewhat monochromatic palette is nice because there is uniformity right away, but it can also be a challenge to make each of the different blooms stand out. To fill it in I added some pale green leaves.

I really like the idea of working within a very small palette as I get to grips with different painting techniques and see how the paints react to the water and the brushes and the paper. Blue is one of my favorite colors and it seemed like a good choice to start with. Any thoughts? Leave a comment! 

"The Blue Garden" 8x10 watercolor. $45. If interested in purchasing, please send me an email at alexsgardenstudio (at) gmail (dot) com. 

 

 





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