Rainbow Art Journal – Yellow & Turquoise

I believe that turquoise is a colour that works with every other colour.  I am, therefore, making a record of various turquoise colour palette combinations in my Rainbow Art Journal.  This page, therefore, is a record of yellow and turquoise.  I have been unable to get this illustration to photograph well.  In reality, the skin tones are much warmer and the turquoise much more vibrant.

41 - Yellow & Turquoise

Rainbow Art Journal – Criss Cross

I love the combination of red and turquoise.  I love turquoise generally but there is just something about the combination of those two colours that really makes both sing, perhaps because it is an unexpected palette that works surprisingly well.  It’s a palette I have used quite a few times in my art work so when it came to the red pages in my Rainbow Art Journal I knew that turquoise would put in a guest appearance.  This piece turned out to be reminiscent of my Resting Acrobat from a few months ago.  I think that previous piece is more successful overall but the face is better in this piece since I managed to keep it closer to my original sketch and not let the proportions wander.

11b Criss Cross

Resting Acrobat

Last week’s Let’s Face It lesson was taken by Kara Bullock and amazingly – thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday – I was able to start and complete the piece within the span of one day.  The purpose of the lesson was to draw a full figure in a seated position with the face and hands particularly prominent in the piece.  As I am prone to do, I deviated from the lesson a little in order to a) save time and b) make it more me, but I used most of the techniques demonstrated in the lesson and kept to the spirit of the lesson.  I decided my figure looked like an acrobat as a rest so that then suggested the bold colour scheme.  I like the combination of red and turquoise so I was happy to break out that colour palette again.  While the nose got bigger and broader the more I worked on it and the hand is rather underdeveloped, I am fairly pleased with how this painting turned out – especially because I got it done and dusted in one day.

Week 46 - Seated Figure - Acrobat



This week’s Let’s Face It lesson was taken by Karine Bosse.  The idea was to paint a watercolour portrait of a mermaid.  As per usual, time pressures and improvisation with materials meant I strayed a little from the tutorial but I tried to stick to the ideas presented as closely as I could.

If you have followed either of my blogs for long enough then you will know that I have a bit of a mixed history with painting mermaids from the good, the bad, and the ugly.  I tend to be better when portraying them as deadly sirens than as delightful creatures.  I wonder what that says about me?  Anyway, this lesson was a chance to try and overcome my mermaid issue.  It possibly helps that the focus was just on the face and hair with no fishy body to portray.

I used the Kuretake watercolours I received for Christmas and I love them.  The pigments are so rich and vibrant and the paints are smooth and saturate the paper.  The turquoise and dark pink made my painting quite punchy I think.  Making the cheeks so pink freaked me out a bit but their warmth does, I think, balance out the turquoise.

Week 6 - Mermaid - Watercolour