Monday, June 3, 2013

The Ducks Are Quacking And The Daffodils Are Taking Shape!

"The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colors which at every succeeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts."    ~James Allen

©Laura Leeder, Daffodils in Watercolour, Step 2, June 2013

That was just to get your attention!  The ducks aren't really quacking....yet!

I have enjoyed a wonderful few days visiting with my mother and younger sister.  We drove across the border and spent a few days visiting together in Couer d'Alene, and of course squeezed in some shopping!  They've now headed home and I am eager to get back into the studio and get my paint brushes wet once more!

I've only just started working on this one again, so not much progress, but, I thought I'd share it anyway!  I am using two colors by Daniel Smith Paints that are new for me.  Moonglow, a real pretty blended mix, which I've had for a while and only used once or twice.   (I am using this color to help create depth in the shadow area of the base and head of the pottery ducks.) The second color, is Phthalo Turquoise and I am very excited about this one!  It's mass is very dark and it washes out to a very pale robins egg blue.  It is a staining color that really packs a punch! I've used it here just below the water line in the center of the vase and on the body of the ducks along with phthalo blue and dark sap green.    

TIP: When adding new colors to your chart, I always show the color in both its darkest and lightest value.    Now, when I glance at my charts to select colors for each painting, I have a much better sense of each colors capabilities and I can quickly choose the paints I wish to work with.

Do you have a new favorite tube of paint or a new color that you've added to your wardrobe or home decor?  Please share it here!  As always, your comments are appreciated!

Creatively Yours,
Laura Leeder,
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC (in the heart of the Kootenays!)  
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