Red Planet

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Red Planet, watercolor by Amy Crook

Red Planet, watercolor by Amy Crook

This piece is a combination of old ideas and new toys. I got some nifty waterbrushes to test out, and some new eyedroppers for my salt solution, and used them together to paint another planet. First I used the waterbrushes to paint in the circular wash in two shades of red, and then I added a few drops of salt solution to the mix while the paint was still wet and forced myself to set the whole thing aside to dry without any further interference.

There’s not a lot of sparkle in this one, mostly the salt created texture rather than crystals, but I love the way the texture looks like the surface of some far-away alien planet.

Red Planet, 8″x8″ salt and watercolor on paper.

Red Planet, detail, by Amy Crook

Red Planet, detail, by Amy Crook

Above you can see the texture and a tiny bit of shine where the salt catches the light. Below, I’ve got it put in a wall frame (they don’t make many 8″x8″ standing frames), which can be yours for a small additional fee mostly relating to the shipping costs where you are.

Red Planet, framed, by Amy Crook

Red Planet, framed, by Amy Crook

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  1. […] pitted surface of this planet combines with its warmer tones to be more Mars-like than the first Red Planet painting. I used salt in damp-to-wet watercolor to get the texture, after I’d made a wash […]