Dark and stormyPosted: November 12, 2015
At 2 pm today it was as dark as night. The last of the leaves blew off the oak tree (which is a good thing since I can rake them all up on the weekend) and my neglected wheelbarrow begged to be painted. I’m still experimenting with a triad of Quin Gold, Alizarin Crimson and Cobalt Teal (with a few dabs of Naples Yellow) on a block of Fluid watercolour paper. I guess because of the darkness of the day, instead of playing with wetness and transparency, I pushed the paint towards dryness and opacity. It performed almost like gouache. This isn’t my preferred way of working but I was glad to try something different, to learn from experimentation about the properties of these pigments, and to go overboard with the thickness of the paint. Working with opaque paint also made me want to give oils a try someday. It felt good to add light on top of dark — something we don’t get to do very often in watercolour.