Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Red Hibiscus

"Red Hibiscus" watercolor on Arches 140lb paper

This Hibiscus was rather interesting photograph for a couple of reasons.  The reds are very strong and saturated in color even the shadows weren’t too washed out or muted.  The light was also strong and appeared white in the photo. 
I am interested in strong light that washes out all local color, detail and appears pure white.  I will eventually complete a series focused on light and darks using juxtaposing and counterchange.  I don’t know if it will be in color or B&W.  
Drawing allows me to slow down to really understand the subject, values, composition and how to play with different techniques to accomplish my goals.    
Reference photo from Sandra Blair http://www.sandrablairphotography.com/.  Sandra Blair is an amazing wildlife artist, photographer and mentor. 
Sandra is currently working on a fund-raising campaign on kickstarter.com “Seeking Refuge: Four Seasons on Assateague Island”.  Her goals are to create approximately 20 paintings of the local wildlife on Assateague Island.  Please join me in supporting her and our wildlife.   

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