Sunday, June 24, 2012

Work in Progress: Beauty Queen (Layering on the Rose)

I'm taking a break from Bird of Paradise today and working on the petals of this pink rose with a more leisurely pace, wetting small areas one at a time and floating various shades of pink -- warm, cool, orange or purplish -- in many many light layers, carving out light shapes by lifting. This change of pace feels really nice after some fanatic racing over large areas (according to my standards) of wet washes in the last few days. I also did some more underpainting on the background leaves, mingling limited palette of red, yellow and blue to achieve different variations on green (with some pink and purple accents). Pink is not my favorite color, but I am gradually falling in love with this one... Fingers crossed that I don't mess it up by jumping ahead and dash in colors too strong or saturated, thus destroying that delicate feeling of fragile petals...

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


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Kathryn! I love your painting of the nestling which shows the same sense of delicacy and frailty -- only with a slight sense of melancholy...

  2. I love the softness of the pink petals as contrasted with the more crisply painted surrounding greens. So rich- you see so much in these flowers!

  3. Hello Arena:) It's so nice to see how you build up a painting. With so much care and such lovely colors, even the pink. I'm sure this one is going to be just as beautiful as all your other flowers!


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