Reflections, a rigger brush and anthraquinone blue.
Once the bottom half of this painting is finished I will be able to say that I am a different painter from the one who did the top half. I’m happily letting go of details, making things up, deleting stuff that bothers me—while trying to have fun with it. Having studied this image so thoroughly through this painting, I can tell you where all the reflections originate from, and how neat waterlilies are growing underwater. It’s all there popping in and out within the water surface and reflections. I love making the red koi fish materialize out of the dark water.
I’m using my favorite sexy #1 rigger brush a lot with the water ripples and introduced yet another tube of blue paint: anthraquinone blue (M. Graham) to hit the darks. I mix it with burnt sienna to make a rich dark black.
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Watercolor on Aquabord, 22″ x 30″