This is a really tiny piece, 4 inches square. Painted on a very small 4×6 Fluid watercolor pad I’ve had for a while but haven’t used much. 10 minutes on a rainy day, testing some new colors, painting the first thing I found on my kitchen counter: a lemon.
2 passes at this. I can’t call them glazes because I didn’t wait for pass#1 to dry before adding in pass #2.
Here is what went in first.
And then the rest: the detailing in watercolors, a little bit of line in ink and some white gouache, all on a sort-of wet base.
These are the 4 main colors I used: The New Gamboge is new to my palette as is the Transparent Pyrrol Orange, which I am loving: you can see it in action in that shadow. And my blues, I just love these two blues: The French Ultramarine is a favorite with almost everyone who uses watercolors, but the Cerulean Blue (Red Shade) is less popular because it is opaque. I tend to love how it has the ability to push other colors aside and granulate: see how adding a bit of both my blues to the shadow on pass#2 pushes aside the first wash of colors?
That’s my rainy day lemon sketch, with a blog post that took longer to put together than the sketch!