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Aloe Leaves by Meera Ahuja

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By Meera Ahuja

Aloe Leaves by Meera Ahuja

Green is Great

Aloe Leaves by Meera Ahuja

Colour Chart

Title and Medium

Aloe Leaves. 27.5 cm x 37.5 cm. Gouache paints on watercolour paper

Chrome yellow, leaf green, olive green, deep green, violet, turquoise blue, prussian blue and black

Artist's Statement

This project came at an appropriate time. I had bought a pad of watercolour sheets which absorbed water and hence could not be used for water colour painting. Since childhood I had been using thick gouache paint to make paintings till few years ago I learnt the beauty of watercolours. I have several ideas for this project which I will submit one by one.

After making the initial sketch I used wax crayon as I wanted to see if wax resist would work for gouache paints. After applying first wash, I dry brushed black / Prussian blue paint. After that I applied brush loaded with clean water.

What I'd Do Differently

  • It was tempting to take shortcuts like liberal use of water or water colour pencils to complete the project
  • The painting is far from perfect
  • I did not use white colour as it did not appear to be opaque

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Marion Boddy-Evans, About.com Painting, says:

Lovely composition leading the eye around through gentle and strong curves, and suggesting the continuation of the leaves past the edges, enhanced by the range of greens.

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