Saturday, May 5, 2012

Work in Progress: Petal Light #2, Beauty Queen, & Starting of a New Rose Painting (What?! Another One?!...)

Following the advice given by Kara, I'm putting aside "Petal Light #1" and worked some more on "Petal Light #2", starting to add complementary color -- blues and purples on the stamen. 

Petal Light #2, Watercolor on Arches 140# Cold Press Paper, 8"h x 10"w, WIP 2

I also added some more localized washes on the background of "Beauty Queen", starting to break up the leaf shapes a bit more. It's still very soft and unfocused at this stage, and the colors are light. I will add one more wash to define the shadow shapes on the leaves, then starting to develop the flower.

Beauty Queen, Watercolor on Arches 140# Cold Press Paper, 7"h x 5"w, WIP 3

And... Mad as it is, I just started another rose painting! I was so inspired by the glass paintings of Carrie Waller, that I decide to do a still life with cut crystal glass in it... The small facets on the crystal create numerous small shapes, which is quite daunting to me, but I think it will be fun to try to get that sense of light and transparency of it! The background is quite soft and out of focus, ideal for practicing what I have learned in the amazing Jeannie Vodden's class. I can't wait to work some more on it...

Greetings of May, Watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140# Cold Press Paper, 11"h x 7"w, WIP 1


  1. We just moved from Texas to Venice, Florida and I have not picked up a paint brush. But after looking at your blog it makes me want to paint better. Thanks so much for posting your process with your florals. Great job.

  2. Thank you for the "shout out" and link . . . I hope my suggestion works . . . I'm sure you'd have figured out what to do next without it. "Petal Light #2" is stinkin' SPECTACULAR! Really gorgeous. Thank you for sharing so many "in progress" shots -- it's fun to see how they develop. Good luck with the cut glass -- I'm sure it will be amazing. Those background washes are beautiful -- great start. :)


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