Drawings often deviate from the original plan.
The plan was to paint the drawing according to color value rather than color hue using illogical and discordant hues. I began drawing with a dip pen using Diamine Ochre ink. I wanted to see what variations of hue the ink would separate into when I added only clean water along the edges of the lines. The flow of ink into the water worked beautifully for the dry, pressed leaves, more of a burnt sienna hue than an ochre hue. I followed the inspiration of the leaves rather than proceed with my original plan. After painting the shadows and cell shapes the leaves looked flat and uninteresting. I pale wash of aureolin with a touch of burnt sienna brought life back into the leaves.
I’ll give my original plan another try and post it on the Creative Color Blog later today.
Sketchbook Drawing: Pressed Red Tip Branch and Shadows, ink and watercolor. Limited palette of aureolin, french ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.