A couple of weeks ago, back in the dark ages when I had not yet crossed into the light that is forty, I posted a few watercolor-washed backgrounds that were just itching for a dog, cat, or marsupial to inhabit them.
Among them was the bare beginnings of a pup, picked out in gold paint. Here, that pup is finished. Her name is Shadow.
And here, for your viewing pleasure, is the beginning of her painting.
Notice how much darker Shadow became from her inception to her completion. This darkness, I hope, is not some Anakin-to-Vader effect, but rather my continuing exploration into the depths of blue.
Shadow is done primarily in three colors: nickel-quinacrodone gold (a deep yellow), permanent alizarin crimson (a rich red), and indanthrone blue (which wants to take over the world).
I’m in love with the first two colors — gold and crimson make my heart leap and wiggle — but that blue… that blue… Its presence in the background was very dark, so dark that Miss Shadow eventually transmogrified from a yellow lab into a beautiful black lab, haloed by crimson to help her pop from the dark blue beyond.
So, I’m exploring different combinations of blues with some of my favorite other colors, and the effects of more or less water on the blueishness. Here we go, another peek into the odd scraps of paper from my studio:
We’ll see to what Blue Heaven this adventure leads.
Just Russell and me, and puppy makes three
we’re happy in my blue heaven…
In the meantime, while we wait for the divine to descend with the blue stuff, we have our beautiful Shadow to watch over us with her dark and patient eyes.
To all you painters out there: Got a favorite blue — one that is both earthy and, um, sky-y? (Like a manganese blue with a bit more depth, perhaps?) Do share.