Sunday, February 26, 2012

Drama of Color and Texture


Mushrooms 2 watercolor on Yupo 5x7"

I loved painting the drama of color and texture of these mushrooms.  I had painted these mushrooms before  - ( reproduced also below) but I wanted to experiment and play with them again from a slightly different angle.  I tried more stylized repetition of shapes  and more intense hues.  Colors on Yupo dry deeper than on regular watercolor papers when the brush is loaded with straight color but not much water. Pressing with crumpled up tissue, misting with water and letting each layer of paint dry thoroughly before coming back with another layer of transparent paints resulted in the different textures. 


Bursting Colors watercolor on Yupo 5x7"

Last fall finding these mushrooms on one of my walks I had held my small camera close to the ground and taken a few photographs.  It was really fun to dramatically transform the already colorful mushrooms even further :)  


Mushrooms digital photography 

14 comments:

Carol Blackburn said...

Wonderful, Meera. Don't you just love all the wonderful varieties of mushrooms there are in the world.

Meera Rao said...

Carol, thank you :) yes --I am amazed at their colors - this was the first time I had seen orange mushrooms!

Sadami said...

Hi,Meera,
Wow, very eye catchy and charming mushrooms! You enjoyed yupo! Really, these washes and textures are so interesting. Mmm...I should try yupo one day. Thank you for sharing the wonderful work.
Cheers,Sadami

Meera Rao said...

Thanks Sadami :) I really appreciate your 'thumbs up' comment! Please do try Yupo - it is so full of surprises:)

padmaja said...

I love the way you incorporated colors and textures and secondary shapes in to bigger simpler shapes.. a nice lesson to learn here from you Meera:-)

Meera Rao said...

Padmaja, thank you :) -sometimes I surprise myself !!! I hope I can carry the lessons I learn from one painting to the next

Kathy Staicer said...

Beautiful colors and wonderful composition. Job well done!

Meera Rao said...

Thanks Kathy :) I am touched that you think so !

Heera said...

I like your new painting too. The earlier painting is a bit more subdued but charming all the same. But I should say this one is my favorite because of the vibrant colors.

Crystal Cook said...

Oh these are so fabulous Meera. I LOVE the intense colors and all the different textures! :)) Well done on both pieces.

Meera Rao said...

Thank you so much :) I always wonder when I paint on Yupo if I should let the bright vibrant colors be or subdue it - because I love bright vibrants always!

Meera Rao said...

Crystal, Thank you! Yupo makes it so much easier to have intense colors and all the textures :)

Lisa Graham Art said...

Hi Meera! I love the blues and greens going on in the first painting....nice colors!

Meera Rao said...

Thanks Lisa :) I am drawn to bright colors !

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