In April, I attended a workshop by Iain Stewart through the Potomac Valley Watercolorists. We painted several subjects including a shrimp boat, a French monastery or church on a hill with a river, a Southwest US scene, and two city scenes. At some point during the mostly landscape scene, Iain Stewart mentioned that green is not his favorite color to use and that he rarely puts it in his paintings.
One of the other attendees had a copy of the AWS catalog for 2017. During the lunch break, several artists looked through the catalog and noted that only three or four paintings chosen for exhibit in 2017 had significant green in them.
Once I got back to my studio in Florida, I had about a month to paint something to enter in the Florida Watercolor Society show (which I already knew Iain Stewart was jurying). I looked at the inspiration photos that I most wanted to paint and one of a juvenile green heron in the mangroves kept pulling at me. However, the leaves of the mangrove and the water were destined to have GREEN in them.
Would I be shooting myself in the foot to do a mostly green painting? The more I thought about it, the more I began to see it as a personal challenge.
Here is the finished painting. I found out that is has been accepted into the FWS show! Over six hundred paintings were submitted and one hundred were chosen. I cannot wait to see the show (and count the paintings with green in them!).