Mango and Mates – Daily Painting

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.


  1. wagonized
    October 30, 2006

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

  2. Tami
    October 31, 2006

    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!

  3. Nancy Coler
    October 31, 2006

    Wonderful shadows Karen! I think I know what inspired you………. Well done, and you wasted no time!

  4. Wendee
    October 31, 2006

    Oh, this looks and sounds like so much fun! Keep ’em coming! :)

  5. andrea
    October 31, 2006

    This is lovely. I especially like the mango – the colours are wonderful.

  6. shavenwarthog
    October 31, 2006

    yay! Warty fruit make wonderful watercolors, and charcoals too for that matter. And the mango margaritas…

  7. Jana Bouc
    November 1, 2006

    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.

  8. Karen
    November 1, 2006

    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.

  9. Anastasia
    November 1, 2006

    beautiful shades! that mango sure looks good!

  10. Jana Bouc
    November 1, 2006

    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.

  11. Cin
    November 1, 2006

    I really like seeing the photo and final art together, you’ve done such a beautiful job, the colors are wonderful.

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