GOLD WATERCOLOR GROUND
My brand new sketchbook arrived yesterday as did a number of new watercolors to fill some of the holes in my hoard of paints. So while this post is the last from the now full first sketchbook, I hope to continue to day 72 of this challenge with out missing a beat in a brand new book and with a few new and interesting challenges.
I filled the gap while waiting for supplies with a test of a ground I had never used and here is the result:
DANIEL SMITH'S Iridescent Gold Watercolor Ground applied to watercolor paper creates an iridescent gold surface to paint on. It can also be painted on other surfaces so that you can paint with watercolors on a substrate other than paper. That is not part of this challenge, but it was interesting to see what can be done over the top of the iridescence and still "read" as a watercolor painting. I am intrigued by the possibilities. Daniel Smith's website is a wonderful resource for ideas and inspiration, but my test for this challenge was to see how it would work for a little quick sketch of one of the most amazing horses I have ever seen. The Akhal-Teke horse is a magnificent, ancient animal that positively gleams and shimmers gold. Go check them out if you haven't seen one, its worth a rabbit hole! Here is one place to see them, have fun.
“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.