Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Edge of Summer (Finished!)

Finished this small study today... It's a good experiment with a painting method that was new to me. I have learned a great deal and had a whole new level of appreciation of the working methods of Ann Pember -- it's really hard to work this way!!! I did cheat a little and did not finish every section in one wet-in-wet session -- some background sections are rewet and repainted completely, the center of both the front and left orchids are glazed several times to achieve the right value transitions. Comparing to the last stage, I felt that the freshness of applying painting in one go has somewhat lost in these reworked sessions, but I do like the painting as a whole better after the reworking -- the values relates to the form of the flowers better, and the orange area in the top left section of the background was distracting to the eye -- therefore has to go. Now that I have worked out the colors and tried out a couple of things on this small study, I will repaint it in 10"h x 14"w format to submit to Red River Watercolor Society (RRWS)'s 19th National Exhibition. Time to be back to the painting table!...

Edge of Summer, Watercolor on Arches 140# Cold Press Paper, 5"h x 7"w, 2012 #24




  1. This is STUNNING Arena, the flower just pops out of the screen, now I am going to check the method of Ann Pember. Have a nice Sunday!

  2. Arena, your orchids are so splendid, so sumptuous. BRAVO!!!!!


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