My aunt's puggle, Lucy, will be staying with us while they spend a nice WARM vacation in the sunshine state. I hope they have a great time. In the meantime, our herd grew by 4 feet. I'm sure I'll have some stories to share about Lucy periodically and maybe more pictures as well.
On to the real business of the day....painting #4.
I really admire painters who can keep their paintings loose, yet still evoke a sense of realism. Sometimes I find myself stuck in that rut of having to paint every last detail. It's not my intention, it just happens. I guess that's why it is so important to get up and walk away from the painting.
This painting of a pink zinnia evolved from a wash of alizerin crimson. How excited I was to see it bloom before my eyes as I added darker values of the pink hue to "indicate" petals. For awhile I stewed over whether or not to add a background color. Well, as you can see I did. Not sure if it was the right thing to do, but what's done is done. Enjoy!
4.0"x5.5" Original Watercolor
2011© Gretchen Bjornson