Sunday, January 16, 2011

Green Skies

Taking a break from the chocolates, I felt like playing with pigments and water, inspired partly by Maggie Latham's "100 Washes" blog, and partly by the book "Wet in Wet Watercolour" by Ewa Karpinska.  What started as a simple wash of shades of blue and indigo became something completely different when I accidentally dipped my brush into green gold - a dramatic stormy sky appeared on the paper!  I had to use it, and turned the wash into a stormy landscape.  I wish I hadn't left the patch of white paper in the centre, that was an unhappy accident, but the discovery that green gold and indigo make a wonderful brooding sky was happier!

8 comments:

Blaga said...

So inspiring! You managed to turn a simple wet-in-wet wash into a magical landscape.

Sadami said...

Dear Ruth,
Lovely work! Sure,wet in wet will enrich your style.
Cheers, Sadami

cathyswatercolors said...

Beautiful

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

What wonderful colors!!! Very moving piece!

Gretchen Bjornson ART said...

Ruth, this painting has so much character and feeling to it.

Theresa Evans said...

I just found your blog - your paintings are lovely - so fresh and colourful.

I especially like the loose freedom of the paint in the one. It's gorgeous:)

Ruth S Harris said...

Thanks Blaga, it was fun!

Sadami, I love wet in wet, but sometimes find it too unpredictable.

Thank you Cathy!

Thanks Cynthia :)

Gretchen you are too kind :)

Theresa, nice to "meet" you, I see you have been taking part in the 100 washes blog!

Theresa Evans said...

Ruth, yes I have ... it's so much fun to start the day with a 'free' watercolour wash without worrying how it turns out LOL

Nice to have found your blog :)