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Raindrops Color Study

My Paint Party Friday piece with only 3 Colors? Really?  I doubted Diana Trout when she taught a class on using only 3 colors.  I shouldn’t doubt her.  She changed my world – I am now in love the 3 primary colors.   I did learn the hard way that cheap paints don’t color mix as well as artists grade paints such as Golden.  So, when I am color mixing I do it with the good ones.


Drew overlapping shapes.  Still doing lots of raindrops.  Perhaps if the sun came out more I would move past my raindrops. (Hint to Mother Nature!)






This stage took a while. I turned to filling these in when I was stuck  or feeling uninspired.  Just getting painty often invited my muse back.






So many different colors but it all works.  In the past, when I grabbed individual paints I would be unhappy with the look – but not sure why.  Now I know.  The colors did not look like they belonged together because they were made with all sorts of reds, blues, and yellows.





I love to add text to my pieces so I began to write about colors.  The recent Build A Rainbow Challenge over at Daisy Yellow inspired me to think about what the colors mean.  Everything written on this is somehow related to the color I was writing over.  I used a gray iridescent ink and a nub to write- must admit I was cursing the 18×24 size of it during this part!





It still needed something more and a happy accident came to my rescue.  I used the gray ink with my finger to shade the edges of the raindrops.

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  • Cynthia December 16, 2011, 8:47 am

    When I first looked at the top photo, I didn’t realize there were words everywhere! As I took a moment to look closer, I saw them. I love the idea of writing about what the color means to you or what memories or feelings it evokes. That is so COOL. Really gorgeous too!!

  • Faye December 16, 2011, 10:49 am

    I am simply blown away by the detail in this piece! All that tiny writing on those really gorgeous colored raindrops. A wonderful work. Faye

  • anne December 16, 2011, 11:27 am

    This looks great! Love all the text in your raindrops!

    Happy PPF!

  • Nora December 16, 2011, 12:06 pm

    It’s amazing what you can do with few color. That is always challenging but the end result is always amazing because open our eyes to new ideas and great things. Excellent job!!!

  • carlarey December 16, 2011, 12:24 pm

    This is great! I love all the happy colors and the writing in the background. Isn’t it amazing what you can achieve with just three colors?

  • Carol December 16, 2011, 12:55 pm

    Lovely creation ~ Wow! Colors! ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

  • Sheri Cook December 16, 2011, 12:56 pm

    LOVE the writing inside the colorful drops. Lovely work! Happy PPF!

  • Daniele Valois December 16, 2011, 1:56 pm

    I freaking love this!

  • Mary C. Nasser December 16, 2011, 3:45 pm

    Amazing, Carolyn! And so inspiring!
    Thank you so much for posting the step-by-step images!
    Love the incorporation of text, too!

    Goldens are the best! 🙂

    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  • Nicole December 16, 2011, 4:49 pm

    Wonderful!!! The colors bring happiness.

  • Christine December 16, 2011, 7:32 pm

    This is just lovely! So creative.

  • gloria December 16, 2011, 8:18 pm

    Wow, this is amazing. It would be fun to try this out. Great colors, great work. Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays.

  • Rita McGregor December 16, 2011, 11:05 pm

    Love it! Makes me wish I had it right in front of me so I could read every word, too.
    Yes, there’s no comparison between artist grade paints and the others. It’s like a whole different world. And I have just been recently learning more about using the primaries and mixing your own, too, with watercolors instead of just buying more colors. 😉 This is delightful. 🙂

  • Timeless Rituals December 17, 2011, 4:19 am

    This is a huge work! How much time did you spend on it?

    • Carolyn December 17, 2011, 8:04 am

      I was fairly proud of myself for sticking with this one- I have been working on it for over 2 weeks off and on in between other projects. This one was great to do a little on, let it dry, and come back to it for the next part.

  • NatashaMay December 17, 2011, 9:04 am

    It looks great! Love how colorful it is. And that text adds to the texture. Beautiful!

  • Flo December 17, 2011, 6:58 pm

    really beautiful this wedding colors

  • Robin Panzer Art Studio 33 December 17, 2011, 7:11 pm

    Really this is quite stunning! ~Happy Paint Party Friday! #40 Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

  • Kristin Van Valkenburgh December 18, 2011, 12:14 pm

    Currently picking my jaw off the ground . . .I love everything about this – just brilliant! xoxo

  • Serena December 18, 2011, 3:32 pm

    Great finish! I love the added text…..a really nice touch!

  • Evelyn December 18, 2011, 5:29 pm

    Nice one Carolyn. Sure is colorful!


  • Pam December 18, 2011, 8:31 pm

    This is awesome! Such gorgeous colors. And I didn’t even see the text until I got a closer look. I love the lettering!

  • Melisa December 19, 2011, 11:08 am

    Cool! I like the positive/negative effect you get from filling in the partial shapes.

  • Ana December 20, 2011, 12:19 pm

    This is simply beautiful!!!! Thanks for showing how you do it!