Friday, December 30, 2011

The Christmas Card

I will begin a new painting right after the New Year.  I know just what it will be and can't wait to get started.  But until then I will enter some recent works, a new one every day or so.  Happy New year!
While shopping with my daughter at Pier One, I found these pretty little spheres, each with a different letter and design.
And actually found enough to spell out "Tuliszewski".
I've been kind of fascinated with reflections lately so I have them set up on a large mirror with a beautiful floral fabric draped behind.

I usually like to complete the background on my still lifes first.  Color reacts with color, so I really can't make color decisions on the foreground until I see how the color plays off the other colors around it.

Copyright © Carmella Tuliszewski 2011
Completed painting.  Watercolor, 15" x 30"

I can't tell you how much I loved working on this.  The play of color and light bouncing off all the spheres was a challenge.  The two reflected qualities, in the mirror and from sphere to sphere, made for happy painting.
I find watercolor to be a very unforgiving medium.  You must get it right first try or the colors can get muddy and lost quickly.  I make every effort to stay true to the watercolor theory of not using white paint and letting the white of the paper represent highlights.
Most of the time I paint around the highlights but on occasion, as with this painting,
 I use an Art Masking Fluid by Winsor & Newton.   


  1. Masterfully done. And you say it says,"Tuliszewski" too?

  2. Thanks, Sandy. Yes, it reads as Tuliszewski. Some letters are more visible in it's reflection.


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