Sunday, May 19, 2013

White Watercolor flowers (Daisies)

I hardly ever use black but I did use it here as one of the washes for the background. first wash was raw umber, then blue black then mix of alizarin crimson and winsor green. I like the contrast of the white of the paper against the chinese white.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

White Watercolor Flowers and Robert Genn blog

Another version of previous set up.
As I've mentioned before, I receive twice weekly emails from the Canadian painter, Robert Genn. (You can sign up too!) One recent post asked the question of how do you know when the painting is finished?
Someone said, when the painting is sold. That may put an end to it for most of us, but there's a story about Inness who sold a painting to a NJ museum and then slipped into the museum in the middle of the night  to work on it some more. Hah!
Another story is that someone bought a painting and then let the artist "add a few strokes" and was then presented with an entirely different painting! True!
I wrote:

It's finished when you've put all you know about yourself AT THAT POINT into the painting.  The reason paintings are never finished is that you keep learning.  (I knew someone who worked on a SKETCH for a painting for years.  Really!)  

What do you think?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

White Watercolor Flowers

I reworked (or should I say finished working) on a painting that was done a few weeks ago. After learning more about how I want to portray white flowers, it became clearer to me how to finish this one.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

White Flowers with Touch of Red

Tried some red in with the whites.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

White Watercolor Flowers

Done with yellow/purple palette. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

White Watercolor Flowers

This is the yellow/purple palette. Every time I switch palettes, I feel like I'm working with all new colors and the mystery stays alive for me!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

White Watercolor Flowers

Tried one with a dark background. 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

White Watercolor Flowers

I've been feeling like the only thing to do is paint white flowers. A red and pink one slipped in somehow!