The "Swatch This" Challenge Day 60
Iridescent Topaz is a pale greenish yellow-gold and of course one of Daniel Smiths Iridescent watercolors. Like the others in that line, it is made from mica pigment. The thin transparent particles of mica are coated with highly reflective metal oxides which shimmer and shine nicely when the light hits them from certain angles. I love that I was able to paint the metallic rims and lids of the peach preserves I photographed last summer after a canning session. The light had made a glorious stained glass display out of simple jam and painting them today was every bit as enjoyable with this Luminescent Watercolor as it was to make the jam, photograph and of course eat it.
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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.