|3/30/23 Maple Leaf neighborhood (on trash day)|
After their overlong winter’s nap, some cherries are still yawning, but at least they’ve gotten out of bed. Although many varieties still have tight buds, I’ve spotted a few that are finally opening. These are an interesting variety – with slender trunks, they had big, chunky roots sticking out of the grass on one side only. I’m sure those roots will eventually break through the pavement.
I don’t carry gouache on my fitness walks, so all I had with me were watercolor pencils, and you know what? After all my prep with new pinks this season, I think I still like the look of pencils best. They don’t have the opacity I thought I was looking for, but now I can’t remember why I wanted it in the first place. I guess I needed to wander around for a while before I was ready to come home.
Since my previous choice of purple as the shadow color made my plum trees look like jacarandas, this time I tried a slightly dusty lavender called Aubergine (099) in the Caran d’Ache Supracolor line. I like the hue better, but its pigment level is wimpy; I had to boost the dark trunks with a green Museum Aquarelle (all my secondary triad experiments are paying off – I love mixing purple with green). The pink is the same Supracolor (081) I’ve used in previous springs, and I think I’ll stick with it.
|After a brief dalliance, I'm back home with my beloved watercolor pencils.|
One thing I tried that was different was the way I activated the color. When sketching foliage, I typically apply pencil heavily to dry paper, then spritz with water. From my gouache-and-watercolor-pencil sketch the other day, I learned that I like the look of pencil applied to the wet gouache, so I tried something similar here: I spritzed the paper generously first, then applied the pencils aggressively to the wet paper. I knew the 100-percent cotton Hahnemühle paper could take it, and it did – beautifully.
OK, I’m going to settle back into my beloved watercolor pencils, stop fussing about other media (with the possible exception of gouache), and just enjoy this fleeting season of pink.