I’ve been very busy this year with paid work, and haven’t had much of an opportunity to work on my own practice. But recently, I was relaxing by watching some painting videos and came across a challenge: paint a picture using only three randomly selected tubes of watercolour.
Kasey Golden, the original artist, has a flatter, more stylised style, but I tend to paint pieces veering more towards realism, so I wondered what it would look like using a similar limited colour palette.
First, I painted an outline using ink, before I knew what my colour palette was going to be. I went for a landscape – based on a photograph that I’d taken 3 years ago. I’m always looking for visual information when I’m walking around, whether at home or travelling. I never know when I’m going to want to use it as the starting point for an artwork.
I originally intended to use two colours, but the first two randomly selected colours I pulled out of my bag were viridian (a blueish-green) and turquoise. I thought that would be too similar for the basis of a picture, but with a third colour, burnt sienna, I was able to mix a whole range of colours.
It was very difficult to see what some of the hues actually were when they were still wet.
I then got very involved in painting grass. Several days later, I was finally finished.
I’m extremely happy with how this turned out – with the beautiful range of harmonious colours I was able to get from just turquoise, viridian and burnt sienna – and I’m curious to see how it would look if I were to do another randomly coloured picture without relying on a black outline to hold the picture together.