March 28, 2013

Vesuvio: Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna

Vesuvio

Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna mixed together give a great array of greys, browns, indigo and deep blues, like often mentioned in watercolor manuals. I used only these two colors for another Vesuvio portrait. Few weeks ago it snowed on our volcano and, rare event, also on mount Somma, at its left.  I swear that these were the exact colors I have seen from my window!

Vesuvio

I have an old scanner so I always try to improve the colors with Photoshop. I obtained this second version with the "authomatic color" function. It is more realistic indeed, and I like its nuances, but my original it is more like the first one.  

12 comments :

Bajzek said...

wow!! Stunning paintings Simo!! difficult to chose the one I like the most...

Marcia Milner-Brage said...

Double wow!! Love the granulation of the watercolor and the white of the page put to such stunning use.

marctaro said...

Beautiful, both - but I like the warmer one :)

John Wright said...

I applaud your discipline to restrict yourself to 2 primaries...I also TOTALY relate to the challenge of correcting colours from a scan.

I learned from Jorge Royan to move the cursor on the graph thing, but it still doesn't represent what I see in my sketchbook.


Peggy said...

This is SO beautiful!

Shari Blaukopf said...

These are amazing and a classic combo of colours to make wonderful grays. You have really nailed these. There are so many beautiful nuances of colour and value and texture. Wow!!

Eileen said...

Simply beautiful.

memi said...

Beautiful, Simo. For observational painting and drawing, I think that automatic color is one's reaction to what you see and feel in that moment. I prefer your original.

Simonetta Capecchi said...

Thank you all! It is just too easy to obtain a good watercolor with these two colors, I love them. And it is true that reality, our eyes/feelings and computer choice are three different things.

kumi matsukawa said...

Beautiful, Simo! I also like these combination of bicolor use.

VHein said...

Absolutely beautiful work--full of so many fine subtleties. I love the glow of the first one especially.

Shiho Nakaza said...

Beautiful use of two colors! I prefer the original one.