"Autumn mornings: sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year's end and day's beginnings." ~Terri Guillemets
©Yellow Mums, Painting In Progress,September 13, 2013
Laura Leeder~Watercolour Artist
As we approach the middle of September, I am noticing fall is already in the air. The leaves are just starting to change colors and drop to the ground. My planters filled with lush, heady, petunias are fast fading having survived the intense summer heat that we've enjoyed here in the valley. I have been replacing them in all my planters with a variety of yellow, pink and red chrysanthemums and a hearty trailing ivy.
©My Planter with Yellow Chrysanthemums and Ivy, September 2013
I can't think of a better way to embrace the changing of the seasons and welcome in fall, than to celebrate it with a painting that includes some of my favorite fall flowers!
It feels good to be back in the studio with a paint brush in hand and a riot of color on my pallet. The above planter was my inspiration to start a "warm up" painting with a bouquet of yellow mums. I have chosen Daniel Smith Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue, Quinacridone Violet and Permanent Green Lt for my background colors. While these colors were still wet I spritzed them with a spray bottle of 90% pure alcohol, a technique my artist friend Win Dinn uses a lot in her mixed media paintings.
I will come back in later and adjust the colors in the background, right now though, I can't wait to drop some color onto those chrysanthemums!
For more great tips on painting in watercolour, check out my artist friend Eileen Gidmans blog. In this post she shares some great examples of painting leaves!
Here's to the changing of the season's, have a great week!
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist
Creston, BC in the heart of the Kootenays