The color palette is this, with the addition of Jane’s Black, which I wanted to put to the test on a large painting. I’d tried it on small sketches, but wanted to note its performance in a big piece with a bunch of black in the image. (The reference photo is by James Mehl)
Watercolor a swimming duckling
I tested out a color in hopes I’d finally found a black watercolor that I could see using…Jane’s Black!
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First pass: loose
The first wash covered everything that’s not white. I knew lots more color would go over this so I didn’t have to have perfect edges, but I did try to get some multicolor wash sections in.
It was a lot of fun getting into all the little feathers on the duckling. My attempts to research the breed led me to consuder putting a dark strip across the crown but opted to follow the photo instead. But the colors used in the first wash completed the duck, adding in the first of the Jane’s while still in a limited section. That gave me the courage for the further water areas to come.
Once I started painting large swaths with the Jane’s Black, I saw its potential! No more weirdo black color that dies on top of my paintings…this feels like the kind of black I typically mix – and now I won’t have to!
I adapted a number of things in this painting, simplifying the background a good bit to keep it from trying to grab attention from the duck.
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