|Living Life by April M Rimpo|
24" X 18"
I've been painting a lot with fluid acrylic for the last year, but when I started in on Living Life I decided to start with watercolor thinking that at some point I would switch to fluid acrylic. However it was fun to be working in watercolor for a change and I ended up doing the entire painting in watercolor. Building up his beard was the most fun, since I had never painted a beard before.
I did use some of the techniques I had tried out with fluid acrylic during the 30 day challenge, intermixed of course with lots of techniques I've learned over the years from a myriad of great watercolor artists. Layering color to build rich dark colors was a major take-away from a workshop I took from Paul Jackson on painting glass. Obviously no hard edged shapes here, but the richness of color you get from layering colors is always phenomenal.
I used a pretty limited palette in this painting, Daniel Smith Quinacridone Coral, Quinacridone Burnt Sienna, and French Ultramarine. A little bit of Holbien Cerulean and a small amount of Da Vinci Indigo. I love when the colors flow throughout the shapes creating a cohesive flow.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this painting.