View Full Version : Peacock Orchid~sprayed watercolor

08-29-2007, 01:00 PM
this is x-posted from the wc gallery. i managed this one with just the frisket film and watercolor...no ink, Misket or paper masking.

C&C welcome.:)

08-29-2007, 02:21 PM
This is beautiful. Enjoying your blog as well.

08-29-2007, 03:16 PM
This is really lovely. Simple, clean but totally holds your interest.

Charlie's Mum
08-29-2007, 03:17 PM
Verrry nice!
Like the concentration on dramatic tone an negative shapes.
Love that sprayed texture.
I can feel a 'must try this' feeling coming on!

Edit: Came back to say how much I enjoyed reading the process you used - on your Blog.
Enjoyed the work too - you're a very talented artist Billie! :D

08-29-2007, 03:40 PM
thank you, Maureen!:)

08-29-2007, 06:30 PM
I love the intense lights on the petals. I can definitely feel the sun in this one! :)

08-29-2007, 07:10 PM
I love the shapes and contrasts in this piece.

08-29-2007, 11:05 PM
Billie, I like the gradation of the background. The light at bottom right just leads me right up to the flower where I see the beautiful blue colors. Very pretty.


08-30-2007, 12:17 PM
RB, thank you for your comments. i'm also glad you're enjoying my blog!

Vicki, peacock orchids are one of my favorite plants. i love their verticality and simple shapes. they made a perfect subject for the spraying. thank you.:)

Bayoudragon, thank you for stopping by and commenting! i was really happy i was able to save some paper white on this. it does make it look more dramatic.

Celeste, thanks for your comments! i love high contrast paintings so i thought this one was especially successful. i'm glad you agree.

Jeanette, i really struggled with what to do with the bg on this one. i'm so happy you think it works so well.

09-01-2007, 04:14 AM
Totally stunning. :clap: :clap:

Val. :wave:

09-01-2007, 12:40 PM
Hi Val!:wave: longtime, no see. thank you!:)

09-01-2007, 01:08 PM
Another gorgeous flower. I am amazed at the control you have with the gradations of color in this paintings.

I really like your composition in this painting also with the flower off center and yet enough is moving to the right to keep it balanced beautifully.


09-01-2007, 06:27 PM
Just stunning.

09-02-2007, 12:47 PM
thanks Sylvia:) i'm still learning with this spray business. experimenting with angle of spray makes for some really interesting gradations.

thanks, Sue.:)

Lady Carol
09-02-2007, 11:03 PM
Fabulously done. Another terrific piece.

09-03-2007, 02:47 PM
thank you, Carol!

09-05-2007, 04:27 AM
Beautiful, simple shapes yet so much detail. Kind of reminds me of an 80's style poster with the colours and the airbrush look. :thumbsup:

09-05-2007, 03:17 PM
Very neat effect Billie :)

09-05-2007, 04:51 PM
thanks Sue and Deb.:) painting with atomizers and frisket does create a very graphic look. wish i could get a really good closeup to post. i love the look of all the tiny individual dots of color that can be seen IRL. i've tried scanning, photographing...i haven't been able to produce one acceptable closeup.:(

09-21-2007, 12:24 PM
I love the color combo you have used and drama of the play of lights and shadow. Beautuful piece.:heart:

09-22-2007, 09:01 AM
What an interesting piece. I can just imagine how stunning it is irl when you can see the mix of colors.


09-23-2007, 11:28 AM
This is really very nice. I am fairly new to watercolor painting and would be interested in learning the spray technique. Are there any tutorials around or is it one of those "experiment until you get the hang of it" techniques?

09-23-2007, 12:30 PM
Gundy, Anne and Terry, thanks for looking and your great comments.:) Terry, i've got a wip on my blog for a waterlily using this technique. check the February archive. it's still an 'experiment until you get it right' thing but if you start with the primary colors it's hard to goof up.:)

09-24-2007, 05:20 PM
Very nice! I love that dramatic composition.


09-25-2007, 06:10 AM
Fantastic - a stunning light filled effect - really in teresting to read throgh your blog - congratulations on all your sales too - I think Mark Mehaffey would be very impressed - i love how you painti the detailed center and tehn mask the remainder - this has created such a strong posterised image - excellent work.

By the way how do you find controlling the droplet size with the small atomisers you are using?

09-25-2007, 03:18 PM
thanks Nancy and Ruth for your comments.:)

Ruth, i've tried two different brands of atomizers and found the one by Mon Image works best because it has the finest mist. they're sold at Kmart and Rite Aid drug stores. Holbein's atomizers(from Blick) make a much larger droplet. because i can't adjust the droplet size with my breath which can be done with the mouth atomizer i've found that distance and angle can make a difference. so far i prefer the fine mist. if i happen to get a big blop i can quickly wick it up with a paper towel. sometimes a few larger drops look good!