Sunday, August 15, 2010

Keeping It Real (Real Loose)

Lately I've been taking a different approach to my flower paintings in an attempt to make them "more interesting".  My approach involves portraying a single bloom up close or from a very different angle than what a person would normally view it. 

This is an extreme close up of a pansy. I began with a light wash and gradually added darker layers of color.  Halfway through the painting process I realized the piece was much "tighter" than I had intended.  I was hoping for a much looser more fluid look and I wasn't accomplishing it.  In frustration I added the winsor violet to the center very generously and picked up the painting to direct the drips of paint.  In addition, I helped the paint move along by blowing on it, hence the splatter effect.  I would've liked to have more lost and found edges where the petals meet the background color. 


  1. Delightful pansy. Your blog is so much fun. I really appreciate your including kids in it. Gotta love that banner, too!

  2. Thank you Joann! I really enjoy opening the world of art to's really fun to see what they come up with.

  3. I loved the way it turned out. That is one of the neatest things about watercolors....anything can happen.

  4. Thank you are so right...anything can happen with watercolors.



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