Monday, 8 July 2013

A sandcastle kind of day...

This is already week 5 of Summer of Colour and this week's colour combo was candy apple red and yellow. I have to admit that I really struggled with this one. I don't really like primary colours. I do like vibrant colours, like jewels, jade, aqua, cerise, turquoise, vibrant earthy oranges, velvety purples, midnight blues and sapphires and deep wine red - all of which work wonderfully with my wee Big Skies, Little Planet illustrations. But bright red and bright yellow? Not so much. I pondered this conundrum for a while this morning, in between doing the housework and hanging out the washing on this the second glorious summer's day in a row and then it came to me - Sunny days, yellow sandy beaches and building sandcastles with bright red buckets!


'A sandcastle kind of day'  - watercolour and ink on watercolour postcard

It isn't my favourite colour combo so far and I think I may have been a bit heavy-handed with the paint spatters. I also had to include a little bit of blue for the sky and sea but other than that, I guess this is my submission for Summer of Colour Week 5! This will be going into my Etsy shop soon along with all the others from this series of illustrations. 

Pop over to Kristin's blog, Facebook or Flickr to see all the other ideas folk had for this colour combo.  There are so many participating in this challenge and it's amazing how many different ideas people have!

I'm off now to go get my sister from the train station - very excited to see her and I hope this wonderful heatwave lasts for the week!

31 comments:

  1. Very clever to do sand and a red bucket for your summer of color challenge. it came out great.
    Have fun with your sister. I am sending all of the blazing heat we've had in NYC over to you. It's been stupid hot here.

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  2. I love your drawing ... very clever!

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  3. Beautiful and full of charm and the ease of summer!

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  4. Ah...love the sandy beach scene.

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  5. What a darling entry with the house overlooking the beach. Your splatters look a bit like pointillism.

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  6. Well I like it! Love the series!
    I hope you have a wonderful time with your Sister :0)

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  7. You captured summer and did it in your own lovely style. Great work as always and if you wouldn't have mentioned you struggled with these colors, who would've known? I really like this one a lot!

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  8. Like you I get my inspiration cleaning and doing other daily tasks. I love your bright, sunny piece of art this week. I do splatter painting as well.

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  9. Absolutely adorable scene!. I LOVE it :).

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  10. I love this, it's perfect for these colors and just what summer is about. Great job with the colors and drawing, I love it.

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  11. funny but unfortunately true that colours of bright sun seem unlikely for northern Scotland and appropriate that this combo coincided with some fabulous weather

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  12. I felt the same about the colors for this week...took me three blog posts to get it right. LOVE your take on it. Happy SOC!

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  13. Considering you struggled to love the colour combo you have done a fabulous job, the paint splatter idea works really well especially on the sand.

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  14. I love this and the whole theme of your

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  15. Have fun with your sister, in the sunshine!! I really like your sandcastles in the sun...with red buckets. Sweet memories are washing up onto the shore for me...!

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  16. This is really cute and makes me even more excited for our upcoming shore week... just 9 more days!

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  17. Another little beauty! Have fun with your sister.

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  18. Your sandcastle art is beautiful, Nic. I'm not fond of red and yellow unless there are other colors involved. You have managed to add just enough to break the combo up a little.

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  19. This is wonderful - it is a perfect summer painting!

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  20. It may not be your fav color combo, but you made a wonderful illustration using these colors! I love seeing what you have created each week, and this one is no exception!

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  21. I really enjoyed your Red and Yellow Piece! Great job- so glad I found your blog:)

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  22. I struggled with this one too, but you did a stunning job, your illustration is perfect. Gorgeous work.

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  23. Love this. I love all your sketches, so unique

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  24. Oh such a wonderful sand castle! Really a lovely picture that makes me smile so happily.

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  25. You did it up well despite your aversion to it!! Sometimes going out of our comfort zone is a good thing!!

    Hugs Giggles

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