Every Monday morning during Summer of Colour, I can't wait for the new colour palette for the week to be announced, and as last week, I was very pleased when I saw the choice of this week's colours. I bought a box of delicious cherries last Saturday, and I left a few, hoping that I could use them as a subject to draw for this week. This week's colours are two purples and a yellow. Perfect.
Yellow, I have to say, is my least favourite colour of all. Especially those cold lemony yellows. Awful. You hardly find any yellow in my home, and although I love flowers, I don't like yellow ones either (no, not even sunflowers). I've been trying to persuade my Mum to go for a white/blue/pink/purple, and maybe some red and the odd orange, if it absolutely has to be, colour scheme in her garden, but without success. There's always some yellow somewhere, unfortunately. But then, yellow is my Mum's favourite colour, so I can't blame her. (But if I'll ever have a garden, there won't be any yellow in it at all).
I'm alright with those very warm, leaning slightly towards orange kind of yellows, though, such as gamboge, which I used as a background. And I came across a mustardy shade of yellow in a clothes shop in Dorchester earlier this year, which I find myself liking very much indeed, especially in combination with petrol green and/or white.
Drawing with coloured pencils on a watercolour background is very different to just drawing directly on the white paper. The effect of the pencil layers, both colour and strokes, varies quite a lot depending on the layer of watercolour underneath. I enjoyed drawing the cherries, and I very much enjoyed eating them afterwards.