Friday, March 9, 2012

Work in Progress: Peppermint Rose (Slowly...)

A busy day running in and out of studio for me, and unfortunately not a lot of painting time. Peppermint rose and Summer Wakening are both progressing ever so slowly, mainly because I am experimenting with new techniques that I have learned in Jeannie Vodden's very informative watercolor class. I have used a very limited palette of Permanent Rose, Winsor Yellow, Cobalt Blue and Winsor Blue to mix and mingle various shades of reds, pinks and lavenders, using the change of color temperatures to hint the turning of pedals and the cool morning light. Since the reference photo for Peppermint Rose was taken on a clear morning, the light is very cool, and the light-strike area is significantly bluer than the cast shadows and the inside of pedals that are hidden from the light. I am trying very hard to convey that using this limited palette. It's all very new and interesting to me -- I just can't wait to get it finished! 

Peppermint Rose,  
Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico 140# Cold Press Paper , 8"h x 8"w, WIP 3



  1. Exquisite, Arena! And I am amazed this is with a limited palette.


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