All but the Beekeeper (and some finishing details)

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This painting is coming together now. Last night I scumbled the ground and built out a lot of the rest, giving it more life. I’ve enjoyed using Prussian blue a lot in this one–something I didn’t feature in the last few, but a pigment I love for its hue and versatility. The trailer is mostly diluted Prussian blue with some lights cobalt for texture, and the barrel is also Prussian and cobalt. I have also gotten to use my new Sennelier Yellow Lake and Permanent Alizarin Crimson. It’s been nice getting to know these pigments, and I am looking forward to using them a lot more.

Last up is my uncle the beekeeper. I am a little nervous about painting the bee suit. Not yet sure how to handle all the wrinkles. I will probably mask the highlights and have a few saturated swipes of color to add life to the shadows. This on has been fun so far. Don’t want to ruin it.

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3 thoughts on “All but the Beekeeper (and some finishing details)

  1. lesliepaints September 29, 2013 / 8:38 pm

    I like the texture you are getting into this painting, Corey. Prussian blue was my very first favorite find, in color, when I began painting. I like the effects you achieved on the barrel with the two blues.

    • coreyaber October 1, 2013 / 8:06 pm

      Thank you. One of the nice lessons from seeing John Singer Sargent’s work up close was to see how textured watercolor really can be. You don’t see that well from reproductions.

  2. lesliemetz2 September 30, 2013 / 11:26 am

    Corey, this is looking fantastic! I can see what you mean about worrying about the bee suit. Doing white on white, giving it texture, is challenging, but I have no doubt you’ll figure it out. As I am looking out the window at a cloud I am noticing the different levels of grays and tinges of yellows in it and thinking of your project. It’s coming along great and I love the fact that you are working on a painting of another aspect of here.

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