Friday, December 30, 2011

Wild Safari - Etsy Collection

KICKING IT UP
Original Watercolor
I love painting with a limited palette because it forces me to concentrate on the values - lights and darks - more than just the colors. For Kicking It Up I used combinations of the complementary colors yellow and purple, using shades of yellow ochre, burnt sienna and thalo purple. I started with wet paper and placed my background colors using salt at the bottom to give the illusion of dirt being stirred up. You never know exactly how salt is going to work but I was VERY happy with the final results. When everything was dry I painted the elephant, using alot of negative painting for the details.
I sell most of my paintings unmatted because they are much easier to ship and the buyer can then select the mat and frame that suits their taste and decor. I decided to take a photo of Kicking It Up matted and framed to give you and idea of the finished product.
This painting was included in an Etsy Treasury called Wild Safari - to see more of this collection click here. I also shared this with Paint Party Friday

16 comments:

  1. Your watercolors are wonderful! The elephant is fantastic. Happy New Year!

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  2. great Elephant! He looks intent on stomping on.. someone!!

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  3. Powerful elephant-the way you have done the area around the feet makes me think of a herd trampling around & all the dust they stir up. Really like it!

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  4. Stunning painting. Love the limited palette. It adds additional strength to the painting, I think Faye

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  5. Wow! just gorgeous! I've got a thing for elephants. Your salt technique worked perfectly for the dust and dirt. Well done!

    Happy New Year :)

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  6. the idea of using a limited number of colors. is a great idea...i have to try now ! Love your art ...beautiful

    - KAT -

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  7. Great!! the elephant comes directly towards my. Happy new year

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  8. Wow...and here I was expecting a flower. I'm impressed that you can paint an elephant as well as you paint flowers.

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  9. i enjoy your color choices. it looks wonderful frames.

    lovely new year to you.

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  10. WOW!!!!!! This painting is absolutely beautiful. I love everything about it. Fantastic art.
    Happy 2012
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  11. This is beautiful. I always love your paintings. The colors are very rich and dreamy. Happy 2012!

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  12. Thanks everyone! Here's wishing you all a happy, productive, creative, artistic and fun 2012!

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  13. Wow! Wonderful painting! Love the colours you chose.

    Hope 2012 is a fantastic year for you, Martha!

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  14. It's like 3D. Fantastic job! Happy New Year!

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