After working on underwater images over the past couple of weeks, I decided to dig further into other images from our trip, including many taken at a number of nature preserves we visited. I came across some good reference of alligators sunning at the edge of a pond in the Audubon Corkscrew Sanctuary in Naples FL. It is a unique environment with a boardwalk that spans four different ecosystems, providing an abundance of birds, plants, insects and in this case, reptiles. Due to development, areas such as this are becoming rare, so it is worth visiting and supporting if you are planning a trip to that area.
|Alligator Sunning, Watercolor, 5.5" x 8.5"
Technique and Materials
Here are the materials I've been using for all the sketches I've posted over the past couple of weeks.
I am using a mix of Daniel Smith, Windsor Newton, Cottman, Aquarelle tube watercolors in a plastic folding palette. Colors are arranged by hue, which I've labelled in the tray but are as follows:
- Ivory Black, White, Payne's Gray, Davey's Gray
- Van Dyke Brown, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber
- Yellow Ochre, Cad Orange, Cad Yellow, Cad Yellow Light, Naples Yellow
- Windsor Violet, Rose Madder, Alizarin Crimson, Windsor Red, Scarlet Lake
- Hookers Green Dark, Windsor Green, Sap Green, Terre Verte, Serpentine Green (in one of the mixing areas)
- Indigo, Prussian Blue, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue