Tree House

For last Friday’s #colour_collective Chartreuse: Tree House

‘Tree House’, #colour_collective colour Chartreuse
‘Tree House’, #colour_collective colour Chartreuse: pencil 3B, black pigment liner 0.1, frisket, watercolours, mixed media paper made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag, 24cmx32cm, 265 g/sqm

chartreuseAlthough I felt as (un)comfortable with this yellow-greenish colour Chartreuse as I did with the blueish-grey Payne’s Grey, I was pleasantly surprised by it.

Initially, I felt the colour had something rather artificial about it.

But it also reminded me of the Limoncello filled bottle we had once bought on our trip to Menton, France.

I researched and discovered that it indeed was named after a French liqueur produced by monks.

So I pondered, looked at the colour, and pondered some more.

The main image that kept returning (apart from the liqueur, which, to get it out of my head, I needed to sketch in form of a Chartreuse filled shot glass) was of what would be seen when gazing upward in a forest on a very sunny day.

But not wanting to ‘just’ draw a bunch of leaves and branches I wanted to find a way to incorporate the three kids as well as depth of field.

Slowly the setting came together and although Chartreuse turned out to be quite an adventure, it was one with a happy ending.

Next week’s colour for #colour_collective is Tea Rose.

Any theme, any medium, anyone. Post together Fri 19:30 GMT+1. Just use the #colour_collective hashtag on Twitter. For more information see @PennyNevilleLee (#colour_collective creator) and do check out the wonderful illustrations that were posted so far.

Have a lovely weekend!

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