DUOCHROME AUTUMN MYSTERY
Duochrome Autumn Mystery has by its very nature an earthy rust tone at first glance the then shifts to a coppery metallic. It is one of Daniel Smith's Luminescent Watercolors and while not a pigment I would normally need, it was an interesting experiment and useful for capturing the amazing colors of sky reflected in a pool one Arizona evening. The coral skyscape, the terra cotta colored poolside deck and the salmon colored praying mantis formed a beautiful palette that would have been effectively painted with other pigments, but they would not have been metallic. The granulation and the fact that depending on the angle the viewer has with respect to the surface of the paint combine to create a uniquely interesting read on what the color actually is. One minute it appears to be a coral with earth undertones and the next it seems to sparkle like the sunset's reflection on watery ripples in the pool.
Duochrome Autumn Mystery would be much better utilized on black paper or a dark wash of another color, but was fun to play with here.
“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.