Monthly Archives: May 2011

Corn Poppy

Poppy Image Gallery 2It has been dreary for several days so I decided painting with reds would brighten my day. The completed sketch is a loose interpretation of a poppy flower based on chinese brush techniques for painting flowers. The second is a botanical rendering of a poppy petal. The botanical sketch was done with several layers of paint building up to the darkest layer so as not to lose the translucency that is so desired in watercolors.

Paper: Arches 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper
Colors: lemon yellow, alizarin crimson, sap green, olive, green, indrathene blue, and burnt sienna

Cheers!

P.S. Want to see the botanical sketch? Click on the thumbnail to the right.

Mandarin Orange

Mandarin OrangeToday’s sketch is my attempt at painting the texture of an orange. The idea was to use a series of closely spaced dots to mimic the uneven surface of the fruit. This was definitely an exercise in controlling the amount of water on the paper. My paper wasn’t dry enough and the dots blended together too much and ran. But, all was not lost, the dimensional effect on the stem and leaf came out better than I anticipated. Sometimes things work out as planned and sometimes you just need to keep practicing. I anticipate many more fruit paintings in my future :)

Paper: 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper
Colors: lemon yellow, alizarin crimson, olive green, sap green, and burnt sienna

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Twilight

Twilight Image Gallery 2I took a photo years ago of a silhouetted tree at twilight at Winslow Park. This weekend I finally decided to paint a similar scene. I tend to stay away from completely covering the paper with paint but this was a fun exception.

Paper: Arches 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper
Colors: manganese violet, cobalt blue, and burnt umber

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P.S. Want to see the photo that inspired today’s sketch? Click on the thumbnail to the right.

Rudbeckia

RudbeckiaI think the rudbeckia was the first plant I learned to identify by its genus name. Before that I always called them black-eyed-susans, whatever you decide to call them they are beautiful and fun to paint.

Paper: 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper
Colors: lemon yellow, alizarin crimson, olive green, and burnt sienna

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Orchid

OrchidToday’s sketch is a watercolor orchid. It is an exercise in shading to give volume and a sense of depth as one petal overlays on another. As I work on these techniques I am also working on controlling the amount of water I should be using. It is an interesting journey, some days the results are better than others.

This particular flower represents the Phalaenopsis genus, it is given that name because the petals resemble a large moth (Phalaena) in flight.

Paper: 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper
Colors: manganese violet, vermilion, lemon yellow, yellow ocher, olive green, and sap green

Cheers!