Saturday, 27 February 2016

"Burst of Tulip" in Mixed Media

Burst of Tulip
Mixed Media
© Laura Moore

Every now and again I return to mixed media.
A bunch of flowers and a burst of energy helped me puzzle this one out.
I altered the colour of the fresh flowers to complement the colour palette I wanted to use.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Rose in Watercolour

As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, 
for you only get to play one round.”  ~ Ben Hogan

© Laura Moore

Yesterday afternoon I was in a playful mood.  All I wanted to do was explore the loose behaviour of the medium using a delicate colour palette and minimal brush strokes.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Daffodils in Ink and Watercolour

“Real confidence only comes from study and practice.”   
~ Harley Brown

The beginning wash for this painting was started a couple of years ago.  It was put to one side as I was not really sure which direction I wanted to move forward with it.  It would have been perfectly adequate to have left it at the wash stage but last week I felt the urge to add some loose pen marks, stronger tones and splashes.        

Expressions of Daffodil
Ink and Watercolour
© Laura Moore


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Mark Making Using Nature and Watercolour

Having spent some of this morning working on admin relating to my art, I thought I would unwind this afternoon with a bit of mark making exploration and watercolour fun. 

Walking through my winter garden today I was looking for ‘implements’.  Anything that looked suitable to make marks on the paper with my watercolours. 

Both of these little cameos worked first time which I was surprised about as I had never done this before.  The top one is an imaginative landscape and the other an imaginative still life of foliage.  

With the landscape I created a simple base wash first, then left it to dry. I then started using the dried seed head, fresh heather flower and a dried twig to paint this natural landscape.  

In the second I printed three leaf shapes using watercolour with the fresh leaf shown.  Then I added detail using the twig and a round brush for the splashes. 

The key with this is to be quick, confident and minimalist with the strokes.  Hesitation will create wishy washy, muddy blobs which leads to over-working in the end. 

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Despite general advice about painting large with watercolour, I have always enjoyed painting small for lots of reasons.  A cameo is just a small concentrated section of a large painting.  So to me it has always made sense to learn how to paint them.