Thursday, February 16, 2012

Work in Progress: Summer Wakening and Peppermint Rose

Some more work on both of the rose paintings... Learning from the "Dancing Tulip" painting, I paid more attention to keep the underpainting color passages light and thin to leave enough grip on the paper surface. I found that rewetting and glazing is slightly easier on Lanaquarelle paper comparing to Fabriano Artistico, and the color does not lift as easily, though still easy enough to allow corrections by lifting. I also really loved the surface texture of Lanaquarelle... Granulating colors work so beautifully on them.

Summer Wakening,  
Watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140# Cold Press Press Paper , 10"h x 8"w, WIP 2

I found that it is easier to look at a section of the painting before wetting it and dropping in color, imagine what color you would drop in first, then adding what brushwork where -- this kind of rehearsal really helps me to do the wet-in-wet applications more confidently, with less regret of "coulda shoulda woulda". You have much less control when wet color is spreading on wet paper, so I feel I need all the preparation I can get!

Peppermint Rose,  
Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico 140# Cold Press Paper , 8"h x 8"w, WIP 2


  1. Needless to say, they are both exquisite, Arena. The Peppermint Rose looks most intriguing; the leaves are done so well!!! Love the trickles of red running through them.


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