Welcome Back - short but sweet - about my watercolor color palette that I only use for dogs
I haven't a clue what each color is because I have had this for a very long time - I did have the sides of my palette marked with a 'sharpie' indicating the paint color but after time the names wore off - so it is a guessing game - however - I have the most important colors - Blue, Red and Yellow which are the primary colors
Other colors are purples, corals, oranges, bright blues, greens and earth colors. I don't use earth colors as I want the paw prints to be colorful, I can add earth tones after I have established my composition when the paw prints dry on the paper.
So then I mix colors as vibrant as I can with as much water as I can to maintain the color - they look awesome now but believe me when I'm finished with dipping the paws into these colors it becomes a mash-up of colors ..
Check out my next Blog to see what I do with the paper
This painting is a FINISHED product based on my dog's paw prints.
WHY and HOW?
Well - I thought if an Elephant can get noticed by throwing paint onto a canvas with his/her trunk and make a 'master piece' .. why couldn't I have my dog walk across my watercolor paper with watercolor paint on his paws and help him create a 'master piece'.
Now don't worry about my little guy - Watercolor paints are non-toxic but I wash his paws immediately after he has done his work! ..
A series of photos will show you the process I go thru and I'll explain each step in future blogs.
I hope you find this as fun as I did creating this different technique and concept of 'watercolor painting' - otherwise known as 'PAW-SCH' ..
I must say tho - this is the most difficult way of painting for me - reason being is that I have NO reference .. I have to stare at the paper for a long time - turning every which way to see how the paw prints 'speak' to me - what I mean is - can I SEE a pattern of paws that indicate flowers or butterflies, can I SEE the flow of color that is better on a particular angle than on another - I often just put the paper away for about a few hours - then go back to it with fresh eyes ...
So follow my journey and don't be afraid to ask questions!
My next post will show you HOW I prepare
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