The carpet in the State Reception Room floored me.
It is so oddly modern when in fact it is a century old.
Meandering big bold flowers in electric wool
colors appear from the tropics!
Not even the touch of mauve against eggplant
bothered me because somehow it all works.
Until recently, this was the largest rug in the world.
Now a Saudi public building has that distinction.
I wanted to give you context on this amazing carpet in the room!
Initially I intended this to be a sepia page which would hold writing, right. Watercolors leapt to the page of their own accord. This is where I got into trouble.
It is SO easy to overwork a watercolor.
I wanted the colors to be as bold as they were in the State Reception Room. The watercolors were not vibrant enough, coming through as pastel version, so I added second and third layers.
*Sigh* Muckity muck muck MUCK.
Unfortunately, this is also a case where the colors are pretty accurate but the whole does not appear the correct palette. My palette is simply too bright, too orange, too pink!
Since I was unhappy, I felt I had nothing to lose. I used the middle of the page to
sketch a faster impression of the carpet in watercolors. Quickly. This impression is closer to the feeling of the carpet when you are in the State Reception Room.
Then to save the overworked watercolor, I first tried spritzing a paper towel and blotting the overworked watercolor. I lifted a lot of paint, which helped, but it still looked all wrong. Then I tried spritzing the water-colored borders and blotting directly. This resulted in the mottled effect below. NOT what I was going for, but an improvement!
I really love this carpet — odd for me — and may have another go at it!
Maybe I can sit on the floor outside the glass doors!
Drawn in an Stillman & Birn Delta journal with my bright shiny new yellow
Lamy Safari pen, a Noodlers’ giveaway pen, Polar Brown Noodlers ink.
Daniel Smith (Opera Pink, new Gamboge, Chrome Green — big mistake as it is opaque — Perelyne Maroon), Sennelier Quinacridone Red, and QoR Terra Verte watercolors.
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