Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 in Blog, Reptiles | 0 comments

watercolor, 19 x 25″, ©2013 Lynn Davis-Smith

I am pleased to announce that this painting of a sea turtle was juried into the Northwest Watercolor Society “Waterworks” show, which will run October 22 – November 22, 2013 at Tsuga Gallery in Bothell, WA.

Exhibit Details

Dates of show: October 22, 2013 – November 22, 2013

Artists’ Reception: October 24, 6-8 pm

Where: Tsuga Gallery, 10101 Main Street, Bothell WA 98011

About this painting

This is the second time I have painted this subject. The first was a much smaller painting, 7 x 10″, which I consider a study. This larger painting took me several months to complete. I decided to approach it as sort of a mosaic, drawing and painting each little shape separately. I guess the patterns in the tortoise shell beckoned to me this way. I also wanted to paint this with a lot of texture. To achieve the texture I used Arches 300 lb cold pressed watercolor paper, which has a fair amount of texture inherently, AND I used a lot of granulating paint. I used a completely different palette of colors than my norm, about 16 in all, including a number of Daniel Smith’s Primatek colors. I love them for their beautiful granulation. You can read about them here.  Speaking of graininess, I even broke out what precious little I have left of the genuine manganese blue, which I adore and which is no longer attainable. I also used some of the quinacridones. One of my goals was to achieve a tight color harmony while still using a fairly large palette. For you watercolorists out there, here is a list of colors used: (All are Daniel Smith unless otherwise noted.)

  • cerulean blue (Winsor Newton)
  • manganese blue (PB33, the real thing!, from Blockx)
  • viridian
  • yellow ochre
  • raw sienna (Winsor Newton)
  • raw umber (Winsor Newton)
  • quinacridone gold
  • buff titanium
  • limited edition anthraquinoid scarlet
  • perinone orange
  • quinacridone burnt orange
  • quinacridone burnt scarlet
  • quinacridone sienna
  • hematite
  • zoisite
  • tiger’s eye genuine
  • marine (holbein)
  • lunar black

If you are in the Seattle area, I would love to have you visit the show to see this painting in person. I welcome your comments and questions below.