Monthly Archives: May 2013

Wet-in-Wet Coneflowers

Wet-in-Wet Coneflowers
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I struggle with watercolors, getting the ideas in my head onto paper is often frustrating. I envision soft translucent paintings but my results are usually over worked and flat. I still persist ever hopeful that one day I will master the mysteries of watercolor.

Recently while looking around Pinterest I found a link to a wet-in-wet painting tutorial. If you aren’t familiar with watercolors wet-in-wet means applying paint or water to an area of the paper that is already wet. It is a useful technique to learn but it can be a bit unnerving, you need to give up some control and just let things happen. It can take a few tries to get the feel for how wet the brush and paper need to be but after some practice it will get easier.

This technique is especially good for painting white flowers. By barely touching the edge of the paint and pulling the brush away the water dilutes the pigment giving you a lightly colored petal. I pulled more color from the center of the small flower on the left side so the petals are darker. I like this, that extra bit of pigment makes the flower look like it is in shadow which is what would happen in nature, flowers appear darker when something is above them. I also varied the pressure of my brushstrokes so the middle of the petals would appear thicker than the tips.

Please give this technique a try and post a link to your work in the comments section. I would like to see what you created.

Cheers!

Kelli

Sunflower

Sunflower
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One of my next botanical projects is going to be a sunflower. I’ll be working out the composition through a series of small paintings which I’ll post as I complete them.

Plant trivia: the genus for sunflower is Helianthus which in Greek means “sun flower.”

Cheers!

Kelli

Zendala Dare #58

The template for this week’s dare was so great to work with – just the right balance of curved and straight lines to keep things interesting. The color and shading was added using Derwent metallic pencils.

Zendala Dare #58

Happy Tangling!

Kelli

Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid

Pink Lady's Slipper Orchid
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I am fortunate that every spring my favorite state park is full of Pink Lady’s Slipper orchids (Cypripedium acaule). Great big clumps of them pop up all along the sides of the trails. They can be quite tall reaching up to 15″ so they are not as difficult to spot as other woodland wildflowers.

I chose a limited palette of four colors for this painting. I like the glazing technique in watercolor so the colors were built up gradually from very light washes. The vein-work on the petal was drawn with a very sharp watercolor pencil and softened with a #1 brush. Definitely a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Cheers!

Kelli