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Old 02-14-2010, 09:06 AM
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february is for watercolor!

I have just begun my annual watercolor painting and am excited to share the inspiration from three pink floral photos posted in the forums, and a tutorial on water drops I'm excited to attempt...
All masked out for backgrounds on Canson 15x20 140lb CP (I'm new at posting here, hope I got the nomenclature correct!
I'm also contemplating a few sprays of the background colors and masking, but haven't decided on that yet - I hope the composition and description are complete enough to solicit welcomed critiquing!
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Re: february is for watercolor!

An interesting exercise, you do just one a year?

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Re: february is for watercolor!

Hi artsniffr. Welcome to Watercolor Forum. I'm glad you decided to post this. I really like what I see so far and am anxious to watch it progress.

I notice that you joined at the end of 2006 but haven't posted much. I hope this signals the beginning of more participation in our forum. Would you mind telling us a bit about yourself, your art background, favorite subjects, favorite medium, etc.?
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Re: february is for watercolor!

Thank you for the welcome Doug and Judy!

I work in several media depending on commissions and time/supply surplus or what the muse directs as was the case with this painting -- my paint brushes have been calling me since my last project -a small sculpture for my Granddaughter (2nd in the 'twelve days of Christmas' series) finished in December. I have a website of many of my pieces here:
www.EarthFabric.com

The last watercolor I did was in a workshop last February and the previous February I spent my spare time painting note cards -- I guess doing watercolors is the nicest way to get through a month where I can feel the weather changing- longer days where the sun stays in the studio a bit longer. In a complimentary way, focusing on the sculptures for my Granddaughter from Thanksgiving to Christmas help me with the waning light...

The composition of this painting is a bit more complex than I normally tackle and so I am not sure it will be completed this month... and now I'm contemplating covering the whole of the painting with a botanical style wash instead of leaving the white areas as a mat (trompe loeil effect for the lily) if I don't chicken out...!

I've learned so much from the forums and look forward to the feedback as my painting progresses.

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Re: february is for watercolor!

Hi Randi Jean... your concept and drawing is intriguing... and that you haven't painted watercolour in a year sparked my interest... I visited your website and your work... all your work... is beautiful! I'm looking forward to your next steps!
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Re: february is for watercolor!

Thank you so much Char! I am in awe yours and all the work on this site... I aim at increasing my knowledge and insight to work the full spectrum of watercolor medium (such as 'high intensity triads'...) as I continue dabbling.
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Re: february is for watercolor!

Hi rj,
Welcome to the Watercolor Forum. Your composition really is quite complex and your plans for working on it are interesting too. I look forward to watching as you progress. Thanks for posting this as a WIP. Don't worry about finishing it before the end of February....March will be waiting there for you if you don't.

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Re: february is for watercolor!

Randi,

I saw your first post and I had to laugh. When I was starting watercolors, I would only paint when we went on vacation...about once a year as well. Good luck in continuing to grow in the medium.

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This looks very interesting! Looking forward to more
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Re: february is for watercolor!

Okay, lessons NOT learned since kindergarten...
1. film is better than digital - always
2. draw/paint from life - or at least silk - don't be making up any new flowers--the Lord may question you
3. remember that magenta + yellow = red - don't start with red + water to get pink!
4. you can only pull color out but so many times

ah well...
My current plan is
1. Lay in darker hue in Cosmo stems and finesse the lower-left mess in that vignette into some sort of leaf-like rendering. And, maybe I can push the odd petal into a believable set of smoochie lips...?
2. Attend 'White Flower Painting School' -and a bunch more topics- a few more times
3. Continue to admire the accidental rose leaves that appeared in that vignette's background (I manually pumped up the contrast once I noticed it...
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Re: february is for watercolor!

Hello it seems very pretty what u ve done hope i ll be able to see it when it' ll be finished
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Wow love your format, and looking forward to seeing it when its finished!
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Re: february is for watercolor!

Okay, had a blast with the spatters ... my 'true' water drops are cruddy (way too small to work the highlight/eraser magic) and i want to whiten up the interior of the lily a bit more.... but - i fixed the Cosmos, pretty much , and softened the highlights and hues in the rose a bit so, -- the next big tackle is the background!!! (blue? green? purp? gold??????) any and all suggestions and comments are welcome - thank you in advance!
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Re: february is for watercolor!

Wow!

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Thank you so much, Doug!
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