DUOCHROME VIOLET PEARL
Duochrome Violet Pearl lands somewhere between shimmery greyed lavender and a cool violet silver. As one of Daniel Smith's Luminescent Watercolors, this pigment is better used over black or at the least, a dark wash under it. I struggled to find a reason to use this glimmering pale purple, but it almost works on the dainty little flowers here.
The pigment iridizes because its made of particles of mica whose thin particles are coated with reflective metal oxides making the viewers perspective a key component in the outcome. They are only marginally photogenic, but in the case of this quick sketch, you can get the gist of how reflective they are. While it was a fun experiment, it was a challenge, but then that is the point of this.
“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.