DUOCHROME CABO BLUE
Duochrome Cabo Blue is a reflective color made of mica and part of Daniel Smith's Luminescent Watercolors. It shifts from blue to metallic gold, finishing with a shimmering metallic blue. This line of pigments alternates between two distinct colors and depends on reflective light. I was not sure I would ever have to use this color for anything but Daniel Smith sells the colors as useful for the optical phenomenon that you do see in nature. Bird's feathers, shells, some flowers do have sparkle and shimmer. But as a watercolor artist, we learn ways to make things look sparkly and shiny without shimmering paint.
I call this the Swatch Test Challenge for a reason, I am forcing myself not only into a daily habit, but to try new things and experiment. This little painting of my grandson during a swimming lesson was a good candidate. Sparkling blue water in a sunlight Arizona backyard pool. I think it worked surprisingly well, and was fascinating to watch when I dropped an fully loaded brush of Cabo Blue into a wet wash of water. It glazes over other colors rendering them glistening without flattening out the color. Luminescent glow is a new tool I now have at the ready.
“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.