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.