I have had both these images stored for a while just waiting for the moment! Both are from photos on PMP, the swans one of Gary Jones, a terrific wild life photographer and the Rhino by another super photographer, Nigel (ESP).
I did these two at the same time.... am sure many of you would think that was crazy that I might need to be in the zone especially with the two images being so different, one so serene and the other so imposing but I don't seem to struggle switching from one to another while I'm waiting for them to dry.
I really liked the peacefulness of the first one and the subdued colours (I know, bet you can't believe that!!) and it is such a change from my usual style and it was the light which drew me to the second image. I have been working on trying to achieve light for quite a while and am pleased with the effects I got with this.
Interestingly I have used the same limited palette for both these images...
and a touch of UB for the really dark areas in both. I wanted to try the Perylene Maroon and I just sensed cobalt was the right blue to give me the greyish shades on the Rhino with a touch of raw sienna in parts. I used mainly Raw Sienna and Cobalt Blue for the swan with a touch of maroon to give me the subtle shade of the water.
I am quite fascinated by the very different paintings created using exactly the same colours, each has a completely different mood and feel, just goes to show how versatile watercolour is and of course I'm not biased!!