Sunday, January 14, 2007

New colors, no drawing


According to my Art Plan (sounds a bit pompous, doesn´t it? I´ll have to drop the capital letters next time I use it...) I have been practicing some painting without drawing. It is certainly tricky to know where to put the colors down on the paper to get it right, and those leaves are just impossible. I must confess I improvised on them a bit.

Not that I am the slightest bit disappointed in my usual palette, but I had to try the watercolors from Kremer Pigmente after reading about them online. I got them about a week ago and have been playing around with them to see what they are all about. The tulips are made with the Kremers and a flat brush, which gives the painting a slightly different look than my usual stuff. These colors are very different from my ordinary ones, more opaque and have a mind of their own. I kind of like the fact that they don´t behave like I´m used to. They will not replace my usual palette, but they have found a place among my art supplies as a very appreciated and amusing complement.

20 comments:

Cathy (Kate) Johnson said...

That's just how I feel about the Kremers, Nina! Sometimes we NEED a bit of fresh air from our tried-and-true, familiar materials and approaches!

I love your tulips--very fresh!

Anna said...

Those tulips look beautiful, Nina! What size is the painting?

melissa w said...

You've already started two of your "goals" and it's only Jan 14. Very impressive.

Sandy said...

Oh Nina I just adove these tulips - simply fabulous.
Sandy

Linda said...

:-) Don't you find that it is fun to paint without drawing! Great painting, too -- love the values in your tulips.

Lin said...

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!! ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!!!! LOVE THE COLORS AND THE VARIOUS HUES IN THE PETALS!! I bought some tulips today to sketch -- they're so cheerful .. and yours just made me grin from ear to ear!

why said...

i love tulips and these are so beautiful!

Jim said...

It is 8 degrees here in eastern washington tonight; the duck pond is frozen-deep! Tulips? Weeks and weeks away. these tulips make me want to pack up my watercolors and start driving, south! beautiful painting!

littlemithi said...

Wow - these are definitely something special. You SURE you didn't draw them in first?!? Your work is so inspirping Nina - I'm always waiting for your latest entries...

Casey said...

This is so beautiful - it looks like painting without drawing agrees with you. But please keep drawing too - this is one of my favorite blogs. Thank you.

Jana Bouc said...

You made really good use of the Kremer colors, taking advantage of their opacity and depth. Drawing first or no, the tulips are very beautiful and believable.

gingermoggy said...

Nina! Lovely as usual!!!
I do like the 'no-drawing' look of these.

Terry Banderas said...

Beautiful techniques you have. The tulip painting looks great.

Linda T said...

Really nice, Nina!

Arty Lady's blog said...

Nina these tulips are divine!

mereth said...

I too love the look of these tulips, Nina. Without a confining line around them you seem to have pulled them out of the paper somehow. Yet your knowledge of drawing is evident throughout.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Gorgeous painting. Very gorgeous.

glassgirl said...

wonderful paiting. Drawing or no drawing, you do amazing stuff! So, are these Kremers watercolors or gouache?

SCquiltaddict said...

Just lovely...cqan I say more?

Evy said...

Beautiful watercolor painting! It radiates 'spontanity'. And just as Kate Johnson said, very fresh. Love the background and the splash/drips.