Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I'm still looking for the right inspiration to hit me and a few ideas are flitting around. This morning I started a watercolour piece, inspired by a photo of lichen on a large rock by a slipway in Bauline. The rock is like many other rocks in the area. Grayish purple, with lovely orange caloplaca lichen growing on it. This lichen is found on rocks near the ocean, above the water line and benefit from the ocean spray to help existence.
Rocks in all forms are fascinating to draw and paint and the brightness of the lichen pushed me in a different colour direction. I decided to intensify the colours instead of going for a more realistic palette. Values are values, no matter what the colour and I like the brightness and the direction its going right now. I think the local fishermen might get a little concerned if they saw a rock this colour by the slipway however.
This is the first few layers of colour and detail will start to be worked into the rock soon. Its about 10 x 14 on 200lb Arches paper.