Thursday, 18 June 2015

Summer of Color #2

The second week of the Summer of Color got off to a much better start - I got the color choice on Monday so I had lots of time to plan. Here is what I came up with:
The Protector
Sticking with the fantasy theme, I decided on a Unicorn. The painting is a 7 x 10 unframed watercolor with acrylic ink.

The colors for this week were 2 pinks and an orange. After looking at other people's work from last week and a few from this week, I judged that it was permitted to use ink and that it wouldn't be classed in the color selection. Many people use stamps, words and sometimes drawings, so I thought it would be OK to draw a scene in ink.

I had my sketch done quite quickly but spent a few days deciding on an ink color. Some of the inks I used where not water-proof and the effects when I added the watercolor paint are interesting.
Solitary Fir

On Mountain Slopes
I did four examples  - little 5 x 7 sketches - and it is a good thing that only two turned out to be worth framing because I painted on both sides of the paper. I should know better as you never know when something is going to turn out; even if you are just playing. Here are the reverse paintings:

This last piece helped me decide to use the blue ink. If I had used the brown ink it would have been more in keeping with the colors I was supposed to use, as diluted it was very orangy but I liked the contrast the blue provided.

I can't wait to see what next week brings - On With the Challenge!

32 comments:

  1. The Unicorn might be a fantasy animal, but your drawing and painting are not. The musculature of the animal is phenomenal. I was truly impressed. BTW, I liked the trees, too. Both of the drawings.

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    1. Thank you Bleubeard and Elizabeth for your lovely comment. I was lucky enough to have a good reference photo for the unicorn/horse. And, I have always been able to do trees - maybe because I live in a forest - lol

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  2. Stunning piece of work, so much detail it's wonderful. x

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    1. Thank you sue:) for the compliment on my painting. Challenges like this are so much fun and you find so many new artist to enjoy.

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  3. A wonderful watercolor impression in these colors! Ulrike

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    1. Thank you Ulrike, I hope to have time today to check out some of the other art in the challenge - so many new ideas to glean - lol

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  4. Your art work is absolutely stunning! I love, LOVE all of them!!! . . . but the Protector is my favorite of all! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talents with all of us at SOC! HUGS!!!!

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    1. Thanks Sharon - such wonderful comments! I am so happy that my art gives you so much pleasure - HUGS back at you.

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    1. Thank you Sophie - I actually have enough French to understand your comment - and I really appreciate your words. Have a great day!

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  6. wow your unicorn is breathtaking as is that skyline-gorgeous SOC entry!

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    1. Thank you Linda. It is going to be a challenge to come up with a different idea every week but I am glad my first two pieces have received so much approval from others in the event. I try to see as many entries as I can but ... I enjoyed seeing your blog post for this color combo - I really like pinks and orange together too. Have a good weekend!

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  7. my favorite is 'Solitary Fir' but the colors on all the pieces are great.

    visiting from SOC, have a lovely day.

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    1. Thank you Lissa - I liked Solitary Fir too. The fir in the painting was actually a demonstration at Art Club to show how I use a nib pen with watercolor paint and I think it added to the small painting.

      Isn't SOC fun?

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    1. thanks for stopping by Kristin - I am surprised you have time - lol

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  9. I absolutely love your work!
    That's why I added your blog to my favourites, so that I can come again regularly to see what other beautiful things you'll create ;-)

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    1. Thank you so much Valerie - what a wonderful compliment. I admit to not always keeping up with posting on the blog as life can get so busy. If you want to see more of my art you can check out my Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mellowood-Studio-and-Art-Gallery/120412094734638. I try to post there with more regularity but even that sometimes get neglected - at least I am neaver bored - lol - Have a great day

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  10. Great colors for your fantasy theme... The unicorn seems like the perfect choice (and SO well done)!

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    1. Thanks Kristin - I always forget to say what colors I use but I guess I am not the only one (neither did you - lol) Thanks for the compliment of the Unicorn.

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  11. Wonderful work! The blue ink was a good choice for the unicorn. I really like On Mountain Slopes, but they are all interesting.

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    1. Thank you so much Neena. I always find it interesting how so many people like different things - part of the reason my work keeps changing I guess. Have a great weekend.

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  12. I like all of these, the final painting and the 4 examples. Such soft colours, great work!

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    1. Thank you denthe. I read your blog and agree that these colors needed a bit of a boost as they are too similar. I have also found that many of the SOC participants take a few liberties with the 2+1 theme - myself included. Thanks for you lovely comment and have a great day.

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  13. Absolutely beautiful work! Wonderful these soft colours!

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    1. Thank you LonettA for the lovely compliment

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  14. I absolutely love this! It has such a dream like quality!

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    1. Thank you so much Caz. Isn't is great when a piece works out?

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  15. These are all wonderful Val! I really love the blue in the last one. I love the movement in the sky, and the melting orange bits are lovely :)

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    1. Thank you Sheila. This is not a tough as the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge we did in January but it is certainly different. - Have a great week!

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  16. Thank you Jennifer Rose for your lovely comment

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