I truly love scenes of the Caribbean and the Mediterranean and Southern California – places where the sun is brilliant, walls are white, shadows are blue and glowing, palm trees clack in the wind, and bougainvillea brightens the day with shades of mauve or pink or salmon.
Two people come to mind when I think of painting such scenes – classically, Winslow Homer, and more in our own era, the recently passed Charles Reid. Both men caught the flavor of such scenes, and I hope I did here, too. The beauty of the Caribbean cannot be denied and its sunny days are memorable for their clarity and stunning colors of sky, sea, and land.
The very first entry of #WorldWatercolorMonth! The prompt is “primary palette” and so I chose a painting that predominates with the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue. From there, secondary colors were mixed, such as oranges and greens. With gouache, water may be used to thin the paints, but white and black are often used to lighten or darken colors as needed. Given the fact I haven’t done much painting over the past 2 or 3 weeks, this one worked out rather well. Let’s see what happens tomorrow!
Communities sometime just happen, and sometimes it takes the vision of an individual to make the community happen.
In this case, Charlie O’Shields has done both. He created Doodlewash, and from there, he has created World Watercolor Month.
This year I am going to try to do a painting every day in July for World Watercolor Month. In the past few weeks I’ve fallen off as I have veered into ink making and indigo dyeing. Now, time to return to a good daily habit. I think daily artwork is like brushing your teeth every day – it makes for a more pleasant start to the day!
I did Inktober for most of the month of October 2018, and it was a wonderful process, and in doing it I learned so much. Pen and ink is black and white and World Watercolor is with colors, in the form of gouache or watercolor – or probably any other water-based medium. I expect I will learn a lot by being focused on this as well. Because I am attempting to learn gouache and improve my poor watercolor skills, maybe I will alternate medium daily – like odds for gouache and evens for watercolor. What do you think?
Use the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth to draw people to your work if you participate.