Artwork – Van Gogh Specialty watercolor and black paper.
This is another painting I did, playing around with the Royal Talens Van Gogh Specialty Palette set.
One of the problems with using only shiny colors is that it is difficult to control what the viewer sees. These colors are usually formulated to look different as the light changes, so the painting can look fine sometimes and confusing to the eye at others.
Simplicity and contrast is key. Here I was experimenting to see if I could get any contrast by layering the colors. I could – to the eye and in certain lights, but it is pretty much lost in the scan. It would have been better to just leave large areas of black and up the contrast.
Also, in the abstracts I did for yesterday’s post, there was a wonderful sense of texture because I only used one layer of thin paint and the weave of the paper showed through. With the layering I did in this landscape, I lost the texture.
Kind of what I expected, but it’s fun to confirm what you know. Makes you feel like you actually know something, lol.
Overall, I think these colors would be better used, in moderation, to add shine to other pigments, like the sheen on a bird’s wing.
Bekki Page reviewed the Van Gogh Speciality Palette & Van Gogh Black Watercolour A4 Pad at Doodlewash earlier this year.