Watercolour studies (3.3)

For this exercise I set up glass objects that I could find in the apartment we were staying in. The Pyrex dish had a beautiful blue hue, whereas the glasses were green and the lamp stem had a hint of a dull pink. I set it up with a white background and sitting on a daylight light box. The lamp was on and had an incandescent globe and a brown shade which no doubt influenced the colours I saw.

The inclusion of the crystal seen above was as a special treat for me, but it was disappointing. The crystal itself was very clear and although it did gather and fracture the light from around it like a prism, it didn’t have the interesting shades of subtle colour in the body of the crystal itself, the way the glass did.

I struggled with this exercise. I could see colours but had more difficulty in mixing them in watercolour. The colour on the palette was difficult to see without constantly testing it on a piece of paper, and then I seemed to run out or overshoot quickly. When I made the lines touch, as asked to do, they rewet the adjacent colour and created a third colour which was not what I was seeing. ( I like that look though).

No matter how gentle I tried to be I also found that the colours came out stronger and less subtle that what I was seeing. This was a valuable learning exercise in creating subtle colour but not my favourite one.

I’ll probably present my samples as squares around the photos of the glass objects, as the layout from which I drew the colours was a square layout.