Last night, as the sun headed toward the horizon, the clouds contrasted sharply with the blue sky. Hmmmm. How dark a value would I have to mix my blue to get that breathtaking pop-up book look of the clouds? A bit to the left the shadow side of the maple tree contrasted sharply with the blue sky. Hmmmmmm, the sky only a mid-value, much lighter than I would have guessed.
I thought of the tree, sky and clouds this morning as I sketched and painted the hollyhocks.
I hesitated before painting in the blue shapes behind the flowers, but not for long. I wanted to see if I could create a bit of excitement inspired by the drama of the evening sky.
I’m glad I tried it. I think I like it. The blue is Joe’s Blue (Cheap Joe’s pthalo blue) with a touch of French Ultramarine. The only other colors I used are Alizarin Crimson and Gamboge, a very limited palette.
Sketchbook painting: drawn first in pencil, followed by watercolor.