Thursday, January 7, 2016

Fifty Itty Bitty Paintings, Part Two

Here are paintings number 11-20 in my series of fifty ATC-sized watercolors, which I completed in the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve, 2015.

I did this as an exercise to learn more about my paints and how they mix.   I also wanted to use more of the colors I own, and not just the 15 or so in my travel palette, which I carry with me all the time.

In this group, after the first two, I focused on colors from a more muted "earth tone" sort of grouping.

Again, all of these are from my imagination, but inspired by the landscapes of northern Michigan.  As I painted these it had not yet snowed the entire fall or winter--very unusual.  Things were looking a little forlorn outside.  Cold and grey and needing some snow!

I learned a lot about colors I have but rarely use, like Caput Mortuum Violet!  If that isn't the best name for a paint...

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