Sometimes it’s a shame to take the scissors to a watercolor or three that I really like – but then when you give birth to triplets, the question is, which one is the best. There are parts of each that I like.
One thing that was new in this painting session was that I got some more phthalo blue – haven’t use that in several years. It’s a very ‘fast’ color in that it dries slowly (like the other two blues I use) and when clouds are dropped into a phthalo sky, they spread rapidly. I had to wait until it was almost dry before I could add the clouds. The painting in the middle has a primarily phthalo sky, the one on the left was half phthalo, half cobalt.
I think I like the one on the right best, though the bottom two inches of the middle one – where I’ve reworked the red to recover from the fact I waited longer to put the clouds in – has some interesting effects. If only it wasn’t for that big bloom on the left.
Next step will involve the sharp ones – but the next couple days are fully booked with other activities, so watch this space at the beginning of next week.