Saturday, January 24, 2009

Oranges


Transparent Watercolor 18x18 cm

A grey day seemed a good day to paint oranges.  
I worked too hard on this one and decided to try a new paper (Yupo) and see if I could get a little more expressive.  (see below). Now if I could just get somewhere in the middle!

Transparent watercolor on Yupo 20x24 cm

Painting on yupo is kind of like painting on glass. The paint just slides around and doesn't sink in.  Any of my painter friends know of a good source explaining how to paint on this stuff??

I painted these oranges along with other painters on the Virtual Sketch Site.
Visit there to see more.

26 comments:

Jennifer Lawson said...

Both your paintings are just amazing. I like the one on Yupo (no idea what it is). Great fluid effect.

Leora said...

Lovely contrast between the two. I really love the bright blue against the orange. I've never painted on yupo; it reminds me of printmaking techniques.

Suzanne McDermott said...

I think the presentation of the oranges in the top photo is really interesting but the Yupo watercolor is alive and beautiful. I think it's the freshest thing I've seen on Yupo yet.

Nartizt said...

I too, love both, but really like the Yupo one. I have tried Yupo once and didn't have as much luck as you. I'll be checking back to see what other artists suggest to you for working on it.

Jeanette said...

Beautiful shapes and colours in this. The fruit just glows. I have tried yupo too but not for anything structured. Its very much trial and error.

Karel Tuinart said...

Nice watercolor work Carol!
Greetings..

Anita said...

really lovely light in both of these.

Ramana KV said...

I like the Yupo a lot.. Your first attempt is still good :)

shicat said...

color,color,color, just beautiful

Nithya Swaminathan said...

I love both versions, the looseness of the Yupo is awesome. It looks so casual and effortlessly done! Bravo!

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

Both of these are, as they have already said, so beautiful with glowing color. I am trying Yupo now and it is a challenge.

Gail said...

Hey Carol,
I love both interpretations. The dramatic contrast in the first really catches the eye.
I have never tried Yupo but I am often amazed at the results that Sandy Maudlin gets.
(SandyMaudlin.blogspot.com/)

Bill Gavin said...

They are both very nice! I like how you glazed the colors on the first one, warm/cool/warm. That gave the background a lot of depth and I'm sure the original glows. I paint 5 or 6 glazes in places. Waiting to see what you do with the house painting.

laura said...

The first is very dramatic and the light in the second is stunning! I love your addition of the little tag!

Edward Burton said...

I love your orange paintings, especially the Yupo one - very radiant.

Jala Pfaff said...

gorgeous! the middle ground is the hardest thing to achieve--not too loose, not too tight--in my opinion. I think I heard of an actual book just about watercoloring on Yupo. Try an internet search on that?

"JeanneG" said...

I really like the greens you got in the first one and the bright colors of the second.

Peggi Habets said...

I think your second attempt (the bottom one) is wonderful. Very exxpressive and loose. Great color. Nice work.

Sheila said...

Wow...wow...wow... 'nuff said.

Margaret Ann said...

Juicy and yummy...both of these! :)

NoNo said...

I like the yupo watercolor too.

Carol Feldman said...

Way too many comments for some silly oranges.I don't know how to respond except to say thank you for stopping by and being so nice!

Hillary Miller said...

No explanation needed, seeing as you created a terrific painting! However, I do have some great info that I can send you if you like - send me your snail mail address!

Laureline said...

Wonderful paintings! I need to break out my Yupo after seeing the second one. Haven't yet tried it, but you've done such a fantastic job with it. How you manage to get such great work from photos is beyond me!

José said...

Hi Carol,

I like your well balanced choice of colours, namely the chroma.
When squinting I can also see that you did a good job on those values.
But the feature that I most like is the way that you managed to convey such interesting perpsective.

Kind regards,

José

Sandy Maudlin said...

Your YUPO painting is exquisite. Keep it up!!!!!!