Hello everyone! Here is the third painting I did the other day. I love the colors of the yellows and golds that I have. My two recent favorite yellows in watercolor paints are Winsor & Newton’s Quinacridone Gold and Daniel Smith’s Extra Fine Watercolors Aureolin (Cobalt Yellow.) They blend well, and are bright. The background water was done with Winsor & Newton’s French Ultramarine. The French Ultramarine is my very favorite blue to use from any brand of watercolors. It can be a rich dark blue used right out of the tube, or it can be lightened with a lot of water.
I did not use my Chinese brushes for this one at all. The fins were especially challenging, but I achieved the “clear” look of them by lifting out paint with water. It is one of my favorite watercolor techniques to use to get back most of the white of the paper when necessary. Also, the little circles that resemble bubbles were made by dropping large grains of salt into the wet paint and letting the paint dry. Then when the salt is removed, there are dots! I don’t do it very often, but decided to try it on this one. My son said they looked like bubbles, so bubbles they are!
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂