In my last post I posed the question; watercolor paint versus watercolor pencil? I had some wonderful thought provoking responses and several readers mentioned that they prefer the water soluble crayons to the pencils. That's certainly been my choice in the past, but I've now been convinced that the pencils may in fact give me the fine detail capability I am looking for with some pages. Lots of people say they use the paints and the pencils together and this makes a lot of sense to me. I can't wait to try them...Stay tuned!
In the meantime I've been finishing off more pages in my sketchbook for the Art House Co-Op'sSketchbook Project 2012. My theme, "A Path Through the Trees" is like a journey, exploring where the path leads. One of the destinations is a garden...of course...I had to find a way to put flowers into my book. I've done several pages to represent a garden and this is my latest installment. "Blazing".
For this one I used my treasured Neocolor II water soluble crayons and acrylic paint. I love the contrast of the vibrant, creamy, matte crayon against the muted, shimmery metallic background. This is a simple explosion of color that always gets my heart pumping. It feels like the flower is going to pop out of the page.
However, when I look at it, it seems unfinished. I keep going back to it trying to decide what else it needs. But my husband looked through the book the other day and chose this as his favorite. It's also the one my 5yo daughter likes best, probably because of the bright bold colors. I love diversity in taste, there are other pages that I thought they would prefer, pages I'd put so much more effort into, but this is they both liked, so I left it as it was...for now.