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.
“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.
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
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.