Everyday Matters Challenge #34: Fall Leaf

2.5"x3.5"  watercolor
2.5" x 3.5" watercolor

It’s been so long since I’ve done one of these Everyday Matters challenges.  I really miss them.  I have been up to my ears in artist card trading (my own fault) and I haven’t had much time to draw for myself.  I had to ask myself, when was the last time I sat down with something and really connected to it through my drawing.  I realized it had been too long.  I grabbed my list and thought, hey, there are a few leaves out there, why not paint one.

It was time for something completely different, so I grabbed my watercolors.   I had some success with my crow done in ink and watercolor, so I wanted to try something splashy and colorful with no reliance on hard thin lines to make the image come together.  I wanted to stop coloring in the lines and get a little crazy.

Colors used:  Grumbacher Academy gamboge, raw sienna, scarlet lake, cadmium red medium, and ultramarine.  Cheap paints, but okay to practice with.  I’m going to get some Winsor & Newtons soon, when I find a good sale.

These were all applied in a haphazard fashion.  I did know enough to let my layers dry to avoid muddy color.  Being in a playful mood helped me to get over trying to control the outcome of the painting.  I think it’s pretty good for a start.  Please tell me what you think.  I sure could use some pointers.  What are your favorite instruction books or videos?  Are there any demos on Youtube you enjoy?