Wednesday, April 27, 2011

On The Easel - A Teacup Painting In Shades Of Blue

"A dominant colour possesses tremendous power in making a painting unique."  -Mary Bassi

"A certain blue enters your soul. A certain red has an effect on your blood-pressure."   -Henri Matisse

A Creston Museum Teacup

©Laura Leeder, April 2011, Watercolor In Progress

I spent only a short time on this painting yesterday.  I removed the miskit that protected the flowers, on the cup and saucer and also in the tea reflection.  I am continuing to develop the teacup by glazing on layers of various transparent blue washes.  I started out using light value washes and I am now adding mid values and deeper blue colors.  

When selecting colors, I look for transparent, watercolor paints, that have long value ranges. I can then build my values by deepening the color intensity and/or glazing one color on top of another, without worrying about my colors turning muddy.  As a little color goes a long way; these pigments are also economical.

Here is just 1 of the beautiful blue's that I've used in this teacup painting:

Manganese Blue Hue  (Daniel Smith Watercolor)

A cool turquoise blue, ideal for creating form or indicating space. It is a medium-staining, a semi-transparet pigment with wonderful granulating properties. A good substitute for Cerulean Blue (opaque pigment). Manganese Blue Hue offers an additional advantage: it mixes well with other non-staining transparent to semiopaques pigment to create a mottled texture in underlying colors."

"Color that has been built up in stages has a different character than a solitary layer of color. Plying in several layers of pigment, weaving each color on top of the last, creates a richness of hue that is otherwise unobtainable."  -Richard McDaniel

Some fun facts about the color blue:
Blue is the colour to choose when creativity is a priority. People are less literal and more exploratory with blue... Blue is open, free, and peaceful. (Dr. Juliet Zhu)

Yours In Art,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

*Attend the Creston Museum's Old Fashioned Tea, this summer, and you could be the winner of one of my "Teacup" paintings!    REGISTER HERE

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