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Mango and Mates – Daily Painting

October 30th, 2006

Watercolor on paper 10″ x 7.5″. Available

What I learned on my weekend vacation that I decided to apply today …

Colorful shadows with reflected light. Playing around with complementary schemes.
Being bold with wet in wet painting.
Getting more daring with saturated color.
Painting watercolor standing up (even when not plein air) to give more arm/shoulder range.
Mixing colors from a limited palette.

Oh, and this is not the same mango that my husband was pining for before. That one went into the margaritas.

11 Comments »

  1. Powerful and vibrant colors, Karen! And thank you for taking us “backstage” by showing us a picture of them being painted.

    Comment by wagonized — October 30, 2006 @ 8:19 pm
  2. The colors are definately bolder than I usually see you use, looks great!! So now he has a new mango to pine over??? the margaritas sound delish!

    Comment by Tami — October 31, 2006 @ 12:47 am
  3. Wonderful shadows Karen! I think I know what inspired you………. Well done, and you wasted no time!

    Comment by Nancy Coler — October 31, 2006 @ 8:12 am
  4. Oh, this looks and sounds like so much fun! Keep ‘em coming! :)

    Comment by Wendee — October 31, 2006 @ 2:13 pm
  5. This is lovely. I especially like the mango – the colours are wonderful.

    Comment by andrea — October 31, 2006 @ 2:45 pm
  6. yay! Warty fruit make wonderful watercolors, and charcoals too for that matter. And the mango margaritas…

    Comment by shavenwarthog — October 31, 2006 @ 5:03 pm
  7. Brilliant work! Did you use a limited palette as you mentioned for this one? I was trying to guess which colors you used but it just doesn’t look at all limited…you’ve gotten such a wide range of bright colors.

    Comment by Jana Bouc — November 1, 2006 @ 12:13 am
  8. Jana, yes it was very limited. New Gamboge, Opera, Prussian blue and a “convenience” yellow-green because the NG wasn’t quite lemony yellow enough to make the shade I wanted. But that’s it … just those three plus yellow-green.

    Comment by Karen — November 1, 2006 @ 12:54 am
  9. beautiful shades! that mango sure looks good!

    Comment by Anastasia — November 1, 2006 @ 4:09 am
  10. Thanks Karen,
    That’s so interesting. I’d never thought of using opera as a regular color–I thought of it as a spice rather than a main course. I think I’ll try that combo–I really like working with a limited palette and this painting really makes it work beautifully.
    Jana

    Comment by Jana Bouc — November 1, 2006 @ 9:35 am
  11. I really like seeing the photo and final art together, you’ve done such a beautiful job, the colors are wonderful.

    Comment by Cin — November 1, 2006 @ 10:22 pm

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