Painting for the Fun of It
I recently read the book, “Paint Yourself Calm” by Jean Haines. She states, “The goal of this book is to learn to paint in a way that helps you feel calm…A myth exists that when we paint, we have to produce something worth seeing. Not everything we paint needs to be framed. It is the process that is wonderful. Just playing with color alone can be really satisfying.”
So I decided today that I would just play with colors and “try” not to worry about the outcome.
Since my main goal was to play with colors, I thought about what colors make me happy. I decided to use an analogous complementary color scheme. My analogous colors were orange (New Gamboge), red orange (New Gamboge + Scarlet Lake), and red (Scarlet Lake). My complementary color was Phthalo Turquoise.
I lightly sketched some carnations and stems. (Please click on all thumbnails to see larger images.)
Next, I mixed individual puddles of these colors on my palette so that I would have them ready.
I began by painting the turquoise around the flower heads and fading them outward with water. I wanted to try to have a vignette style so I wanted to keep the corners of the painting white.
After the background wash was dry, I began dropping in color on the flowers. I wanted to leave some white and not get too dark.
For the leaves and stems I added some of the New Gamboge to my puddle of Phthalo Turquoise. I added just a hint of the Scarlet Red to tone down or neutralize the green to a more natural looking green.
To finish the painting, I built up the value of my colors in some parts of the flowers.
Overall, I am pretty happy with my colors. However, the next time I think I need a few more “lost” edges. Oh wait–I am not supposed to worry about the finished project just the process! Yes, I did enjoy playing with these colors.
By the way, if you would like to learn more about mixing color, please check out my “Color Mixing for Vibrant Watercolor” class by clicking the workshop tab above.
As always, the compositions in these exercises are copyrighted. Thanks!