There was a bistro on the sidewalk and so many people walking along the street, but the brilliant orange of this woman’s sari caught my eye. I left out all the extraneous details and focused on her and her companion. My goal was to keep the eye focused on her and/or the flags, while the buildings faded into the background – just the way they did that day – it was slightly overcast and things in the distance were hazy.
Orange is not my favorite color, but when I began this painting I discovered that I have 3 tubes of various vermillion colors, as well as a couple more oranges I didn’t realize I had! (It’s amazing how much paint you accumulate over the years). The orange of the sari is a combination of various layers and blends of quinacridone gold, cadmium yellow, cadmium orange and the 3 vermillions.
Also, I have never done a thin, tall painting before, so it was interesting.
I think it’s done, but your comments, suggestions, critiques are welcome.
“Showing Their Stripes”, watercolor on Fabriano Artistico