One of my artistic goals lately has been to paint my landscapes using colors from my hand-dyed yarns. It's been a great way to think about things differently and to punch up a ho-hum landscape.
Plus, it's been so much fun using colors that I've been using in my dye shop for decades in a whole new way.
Here is my photo inspiration - A local pond off the highway. Now remember, I am in no way trying to paint a photorealistic copy of the reference photo. That's what photographs are for. I'm going to try to paint that landscape in a new way.
This is my fine bamboo yarn in the colorway, Vineyard. I've been wanting to use these colors in a landscape for a while.
The first thing I did was paint the reference pretty close to what's actually there. I like to really focus on the lights and darks and large shapes.
|© Robin Edmundson, 'Solsberry Pond #1', watercolor, 10 x 14 inches, unframed.|
In the next draft, I softened out some of the colors and played with the shapes, still trying to get a feel for the light and composition. That's a lot of foreground, so I shortened it up a bit.
|© Robin Edmundson, 'Solsberry Pond #2', watercolor, 10 x 14 inches, unframed.|
Not a bad start. In the next post, I'll show you #3 and #4, with the colors from the yarn.