I posted this over on the class blog but since it is private I am going to post it here.
This was really fun. I'm a stay at home grandma so I prepared for this painting while Alexis was at school. I didn't get to actually painting till she was home. So she did homework and I painted. It was nice. The house was so quiet.
I didn't have all the colors that are on the list but I already have a lot invested in the paints that I do have. 98% of them are Daniel Smith Fine Watercolors.
So what I did was mix my colors to what looked like the colors in the photos.
I may buy one or 2 of the colors on the list. I also don't have the pen that draws in white. So my painting is done without it.
I discovered that my cell phone has a very nice digital timer. I set it for 45 min. and began to paint. After 45 min. this is what I had.
I am using a watercolor block that is 7"X10". I kept the fish to one side so the painting is 7"X6". I wanted to leave space for writing.
I didn't have any raw sienna so I mixed yellow ochre & raw umber.
The fish is mostly burnt sienna, raw umber, moonglow and new gamboge.
The shadow is moonglow and raw umber.
I finished the painting in 66 minutes. I added a few details but I noticed that the more I was adding the more fake it was looking so I stopped. I reinforced my shadows and I did add a touch of chinese white to the starfish.
I didn't have cobalt-teal but I did have a color called duochrome cabo blue. It looks to be the same color except it has fine fine particles of sparkle. I thought it would be ok since this was water. I also added some cobalt blue to the water. Since I didn't have the raw sienna for the sand I used yellow ochre & naples yellow.
So here she is after 66 min.
This was really fun.
I took a photo of my desk where I painted. I do have a lot of colors but when I go to paint outside or the beach I have a L.L.Bean tote bag and the pallets have lids and fit perfectly. I do not take all those brushes. I pick what I like and roll them in a matt. It looks like a sushi matt.
Today was the first day that I have ever used the water brushes. I love them. I have to say that I didn't even touch my water container. ok, maybe once. :-)
I used the 2 water brushes, med. round & small round, and one Isabey squirrel brush very small.
I probably will paint a few more starfish. We get our next assignment on Friday.