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Old 02-10-2013, 12:06 PM
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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

wow, all of your paintings are so wonderful! It is so interesting to see, how different the results can be out of one motive!

I especially love the backgrounds by Elaine and meclamp12!

I am also trying to do that challenge, but am far away from having a painting. Painting flowers is a real challenge for me and I am glad, that February takes a few more days
After having my first attempts, I am now going through the WC Handbook in order to make it - perhaps or hopefully- a bit more "planned"

Thanks a lot for this challenge
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Been busy prospecting in the local mountains, but had to take time out for this challange. Haven't painted a flower since childhood. This is 10x10" on arches 140lb cold press.

I also love your shadows! Looks really great and interesting
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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

Lovely work everyone , here is my attempt. It was much more difficult than I expected, and I have lost any of the spontaneous feel I hope for in watercolors. But you donít learn if you donít try, so maybe I will try a looser version later in the month.



Doug, how did you manage such a dark background?
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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

Good for you Cleo. I would perhaps have blurred the detail in your background.

I gave mine two or three washes of Ultramarine +Burnt Umber mix to get a dark background.

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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus


I am back again Hope all is well with everyone.

Just want to say that I have painted so many Hibiscus in the past so instead painting again I decided to post the two I had painted before. Hope you don't mind.

Kissing hibiscus


and

closeup of hibiscus.


Just wanted to be intouch again. Love you all
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Hi Emilia, they are lovely, you obviously know Hibiscus well.

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Doug, Thank you for your comment. I missed WC and all of you. Hope that this year will be more prosperous for me.

Happy New Year everyone.
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Welcome back Emilia, missed you and your flowers are lovely.
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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

There are some beautiful paintings this month! I'm not really a flower person but wanted to give it a try. All but a few details were painted with my new $9 size 8 Kolinsky sable nail brush :-) 8" x 10" Fabriano 140 lb soft.

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Well, it worked, it's beautiful Jan.

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I enjoyed taking part in this month's challenge. I hope the uploaded image is close to my original. I have a hard time getting my scanned/photographed images to match the originals. The purple shadows in my painting come up with a brown/grey cast the original does not have.

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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

It's lovely Kathy, glad you enjoyed the challenge. You separated the petals very well.

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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

Hi everyone...still learning and enjoying the challenges...this is my attempt...christine
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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

A beautiful splash of colour Christine. With single blooms it is best to keep the surrounding space as little as possible. Char's rule says that three petals should touch the border in a macro.

I bet they have beautiful Hibiscus at the Wales Botanical Garden, Worth a trip.

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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

Just catching up here, great collection of paintings for this challenge, and a wonderful velvety texture you have achieved there Kathy!

I turned the Hibiscus a bit so as to project the stamen but then lost the plot at the end. I also tried to reproduce the texture of the petals with Inktense Watercolour pencils using them damp and not fully wet but it proved too much and ended up with a damage limitation exercise for the Hibiscus.

That said, the rest of it I am afraid, I got carried away in my own surreal world, meaning to tone down that yellow flower and add other bits but stopped right there as I really like it as it is.

Total nonsense of course but I had real fun here.



W & N watercolour paint and Inktense watercolor pencils on Arches 140 lb. NOT paper approx. 9 X 8 inches.
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