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Colors and foliage of November 3.

I found some beautiful grays…some more bluish, others more yellowish and greenish and some just simply…gray.


watercolor and J Herbin inks on Hahnemuhle paper CP 15,5x25cm

Doing the above sketch  was very quick and dare I say easy, without sounding obnoxious? I’ll tell and you can decide…

  1. With a goose quill and nib and “gris nuage” ink from J Herbin, I drew the outline of the twig/branch with contour lines.
  2. I added a wet was over the areas that I wanted to highlight as the greyish moss, in the process flooding some the water soluble ink lines.
  3. I dabbed in some light dabs of indigo, prussian blue, paynes gray, ochre and raw umber on the wet areas. To finish off the background, I dropped some paint , using the same colours,  from a loaded brush to loosely suggest random patches of moss.
  4. Lastly I finished off with some dark paynes gray(little water, lots of pigment, to give very dark values, suggesting the small dark corners between the moss.

..J Herbin inks and goose quill…

10 responses

  1. Even your artist materials are beautiful..


    November 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm

  2. Very nice use of colors.

    November 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm

  3. I love the sketch and was very interested in the paper and inks that you used here Ronelle!

    November 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

  4. Thankyou for the information on how you produced this really beautiful sketch. I want a goose quill pen !!!!!!

    November 8, 2011 at 9:15 pm

  5. barbara Dyke

    Love your technique & the lovely tones of greys. I hope one day I might be able to do something like it. I’m only a beginner ….

    November 8, 2011 at 9:46 pm

  6. annie

    Lovely…lovelier…loveliest…. It reminds me of sumi-e, Ronell. Thank you so much for telling us about how you did it.


    November 9, 2011 at 3:22 am

  7. These recent ones of the leaves and branches are really lovely. I like the touches of ink and color. Looks like you are enjoying autumn over there!!!

    November 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm

  8. I love the addition of ink in this sketch – wonderful idea!

    November 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm

  9. Tracey

    So pretty. Thanks for the information on the inks.

    November 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm

  10. thank you everybody…I appreciate your kind comments!

    November 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Tthank you for your visit and comment, II appreciate it!

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