Saturday, April 24, 2010

Kokan ..... Monochrome in Burnt Umber

Watercolour (11" x 14")


I have been to Kokan several times and the fascination for the hills and the thatched roofs grows with every visit. I did this monochrome from a photograph of a small village that  had taken during my last visit. I like to do monochromes once in a while. Its a great relief when one doesnt have to bother about getting the colours right and fresh every single time. All one needs to do is to bother about the values.

In my limited experience I have come to realise that Burnt Umber and Prussian Blue are the two colours that are least likely to granulate, whereas Cobalt Blue and Fresh Ultramarie are the most likely. I want to try this subject with french ultramarine too, so as to strike a comparison in terms of added value (or reduced value) that granulation lends to a watercolour.

All thoughs, comments, critiques and suggestions are most welcome.

6 comments:

Sujit Sudhi said...

Good work man. I have always loved monochromes. Good to see you post after a break.

I am still getting out of jet lag and settling down.

Prabal said...

Lovely one.. I think the best part is the lights.. And as you said monochromes are good to do once in a while..

Linda said...

Nicely done! I like it.

Crystal Cook said...

Vinayak, I think you did a great job with this painting! I love how fresh it looks. Monochrome is just what's needed sometimes. Great work! :)

Vinayak said...

Thanks everyone. I hope to be more regular with my painting and my posts here now onwards.

Bryan Mark Taylor said...

Beautiful color notes!