The "Swatch Test" Challenge Day 51
DUOCHROME TROPIC SUNRISE
Duochrome Tropic Sunrise, like the rest of the Luminescent Watercolors by Daniel Smith, shows its colors best over black paper or darker watercolor. Duochrome Tropic Sunrise shifts from reflective green to red. I said it a couple of days ago and I'll repeat it here, this is a challenge for sure, I was not convinced I'd be able to find a good application for this one. As you can see (or actually, in this case, not see, since it doesn't photograph well here), this color doesn't do much applied on white paper. I tested the over some fairly strong pigments to see how it affect them, and that didn't photograph very well either, but applied to the neck feathers of this little hummingbird, it worked like a charm. Just like the Daniel Smith description of the Luminescent Watercolors says: "they add that touch of special color found in nature that regular colors cannot match. They’re made from mica pigment, thin transparent particles coated with highly reflective metal oxides."
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“I am a contemplative artist who has trouble accessing verbal skills. Finding the right words to talk about the amazing things I observe around me can be frustrating. It is much more natural for me to pick up a paintbrush, some embroidery floss or my camera when I wish to share some new discovery. The artwork I create is meant to be enjoyed on whatever level the viewer experiences it and not layered with complex meaning. Feathers, fur, flowers and the incredible variation I find in wildlife not only inspire me, but compel me to share every nuance with you.