Today’s watercolor experiment:
Today’s experiment began as a test of wet-on-wet mixing of cobalt blue with cadmium red light. I traced a clear-water arc into which I bled some cobalt blue. Along the curvature, red made its appearance. The red was much more saturated than the cobalt blue, which I painted on the far side of the red interruption.
I did not intentionally form the number 6, but that shape very plainly asserted itself. I had been thinking about blues so I surrounded the initial figure with French ultramarine. This was a very saturated color,
It was at this point that I thought of a desert island. I imbued the landscape with terra rosa along the original red patch and along the bottom round part of the shape. I used a can of compressed air to try attaining a ‘windswept’ look
Our trip back from Burbank led us right by the Pacific ocean, where all shades of blues were visible. I introduced some lines of lemon yellow concentrically amidst the French ultramarine with surrounded the island.
I do see another interpretation of this study. Instead of windswept paths, the traces of red could represent coronary arteries of a make-believe heart. The blue outline of the right-hand side of the ‘6’ could be the oxygen poor blood of some imaginary animal, while the blue green surround could be an infected pericardium.
I like my desert island interpretation much better.