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!)  


Celia Blanco said...

I really should keep a color chart and I like the way you have done yours. Pthalo Turquoise is a beautiful bluish green. The painting is coming along beautifully!

Laura Leeder said...

Celia, I have found that it definitely has made a difference for me.

Wendy Barrett said...

Hi Laura,
Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I just love your beautiful watercolours! I see we share a passion for teacups!
Happy painting!

Laura Leeder said...

Wendy, I admire your beautiful paintings as well! Not only teacups, but chrysanthemums! Enjoy your day!

Win Dinn said...

Love that turquoise, Laura. It brings to mind a Dylusions Ink Spray called Vibrant Turquoise which I've recently acquired. I'm fast becoming addicted to it!

Laura Leeder said...

Rich, vibrant, exciting...all great words to describe this color. I too am really liking this one Win!

Christiane Kingsley said...

Laura, the daffodils are stunning against that beautiful background. I love "Moonglow", but it is the only Daniel Smith color that I own - their paints are not available in the Ottawa area unfortunately. I really should order a few more colors from them.
I think I can already hear those cute little ducks:-)

Laura Leeder said...

Christiane, I am finding Moonglow to be a really great addition to my palette. I am on Daniel Smiths mailing list and I order when there is a special offer or sale.

Laura Moore said...

I've got a bit of a fetish for W/N Cobalt Turquoise at the minute. It is a lighter version of PT I think. I do the light and dark swatches too. It definitely makes life so much easier when deciding which colours to use.

Laura Leeder said...

It sounds like a great color Laura, and yes the lt and dark color swatches work very well for me!

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