This 14 x 18 watercolor has taken me a long time to complete, but it is soooo hot outside, it is good to have an excuse to stay inside in the AC. I referred here to a photo that I took at the Mohonk Barn Museum, of a bunch of rusted and dusty artifacts from the resort’s “Iron Age”. It is all true to color except the hand truck in the foreground, which was also a dusty burnt siena like the rest of the items in the composition. To make it pop, I decided to paint it red, as it really is the “ironic” balance for the rest of the painting: it looks like it is posed to begin hauling away the accumulation, and it is not certain that it is up to the task !
This is my typical palette for one of these complex compositions, a balance of burnt siena and cobalt blue with a bit of raw umber thrown in, and in this case, some alizarin crimson and vermilion to enhance the rust.