Happy Monday, and happy long weekend, here in Canada! Today is Victoria Day, in celebration of Queen Victoria. Although an independent country, Canada is still part of the British Commonwealth, and accepts the British monarch as it’s own. While usually there’s some sort of celebration – parades, picnics, etc., this year of course that isn’t happening. I have spent my time being productive – it’s been a watercolour weekend, for me!
For the last week or so, I had been focused on my alcohol inks. That was because of the Alcohol Ink Community Spring Conference – there were so many fabulous tutorials! I still haven’t finished all of them, but I thought I should spend some time with my Brusho Crystal Colours. I enjoy being part of the Brusho Fun Facebook group (you can find it HERE, if you’d like to join us!). There are weekly ‘Brusho Buddies’ challenges, where a photo from a royalty free site is shared for everyone to paint. They are a great way to get yourself out of your comfort zone!
I don’t always do the challenges, but there’s a couple that I’ve wanted to try. I’m a couple weeks behind; the first is a tropical sunset. First, here’s the reference photo.
Beautiful colours, right? And now, here’s my version. I painted on Arches 140 lb. cold press paper.
For the blue, I chose Prussian Blue and Turquoise; the pink area is a very diluted Brilliant Red, and the yellow is Lemon. The palm trees are drawn in with black Micron pens, after the watercolour was dry.
This is the most recent Brusho Buddy challenge, from last week. Here’s the reference photo first, and then my work.
You can see that I simplified, focusing on the main sunflower, and then adding a splash of blue in the background. I did layers of yellow, using Lemon, Yellow Ochre and a touch of Orange. The middle of the sunflower is many layers of Lemon, Orange, Terracotta and some Dark Brown. For the leaves, I chose Leaf Green (obvious!) and Sea Green.
For both paintings, I taped my watercolour paper down to a backing board, with painters tape. That’s also how I got the white ‘frame’ around the painting.
MORE PAINTINGS TO COME
No, it didn’t take me the whole weekend for these two paintings! It really was a watercolour weekend – I’ve got 2 more to share with you, but not today. I have one more completed, and the other I’m finishing today (Sunday, which is when I’m writing this).
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