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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Monochromatic Painting for Watercolor Workshop

This little painting is 12" x 9" and is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper. I bought the paper at Office Depot in a "book" of 15 sheets of watercolor paper.  It was $4.99.  Actually it responded very well.  My only criticism is that it is more absorbant than Arches. It is acid free and is good paper for practice and cards.  My color was Indigo and this was painted from a still life that we set up for oil painting on Thursday in our Muses Mix Media group.  I am doing the knife painting in oil.

9 comments:

Christiane Kingsley said...

Barbara, it is amazing what you have achieved with minimal tools: one color and cheap paper! I really like this painting.

Barb Sailor said...

Thanks, Christiane! Comments always appreciated!

AutumnLeaves said...

Beautiful one color palette painting, Barbara! I love the composition too!

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

I already commented on this at the WcW, but thought I would add that I absolutely, positively love Indigo! It just works so well, especially in this painting.

Barb Sailor said...

AutumnLeaves...thanks for the comment - I think the subject is too much in the middle, maybe, but otherwise I am happy with it.

Barb Sailor said...

Susan - I think indigo works well with monochromatic because it has the possibilities to go from very dark to a beautiful light blue wash, as does your favorite, sepia. I particularly liked it in this painting because the pots are actually decorated in blue and these are from my favorite everyday dishes collection - Yorktowne by Faltzgraf.

Mary Paquet said...

Lovely monochromatic piece. So serene.

Barb, I enjoyed your pictures of your class with the pieces that they painted. Very interesting to see the progression of subjects. They are very fortunate to have such a wonderful instructor.

Barb Sailor said...

Mary...you are very kind with your comments - thank you. I enjoy teaching, and always have thought of myself as a teacher first, and an artist second; so compliments on my teaching always meant a lot.

Barbra Joan said...

Oh Barb, love the indigo, actually I use it a lot. I don't know if its just me but I find it a wonderful color for so many things, even mixing with yellows for greens.