I recently purchased this book from Amazon, “Local Color – Seeing Place Through Watercolor,” by Mimi Robinson:
I was intrigued by the idea of remembering a place or a subject by its color palette. So I decided to give it a try by a photo of this late blooming crabapple tree in my backyard:
I started reading the book last evening but what grabbed my attention was when she discusses seeing color by the time of day, season, etc. – things I have never really thought about before. And how this can change the colors we see around us.
The above photo was taken on a warm, Spring afternoon so the sky is a brilliant blue. How would the colors of the crabapple change if it was a cloudy day or if the sun was setting?
I also liked her idea about naming your own color palettes, “More often than not I invent new names for colors – I want colors to evoke a more personal connection to the place.”
She suggests you paint the colors you see in a grid format and leave room for notes. If you use a similar format each time then you can compare them. Sounds like fun to me – so I decided to give it a try on these three photos taken when the flowers were just starting to open, right after they opened and when they were starting to fall from the tree:
These are the colors I saw, recorded in watercolor:
I am AMAZED that there are all these colors in this tree! I look forward to doing more of these color palettes! (I need to make some of my colors darker but I ran out of time.)
How do you record the colors you see when painting a subject in watercolors? I’d love to hear from you!
Happy Painting! 🙂