Vibrant color and immediacy is what I like the most about the watercolor medium. consistent practice is important whether inspired or not.
I start with the idea of putting the exact shape and color.
I use a grid here to keep my parallel lines parallel. I paint little pieces at a time so I can transfer the color and shape exactly as I see it.
I work around the paper always going to a blank part on the paper instead of building up any one area.
I want the painting to have balance, so work on different areas going to opposite places on the paper and touching the corners as well.
Since I used an a la prima technique, I stopped when the surface of the paper was covered.
I was happy with how it turned out, so I did two more water colors the same day.
I started out with a diamond grid.
Even though I wanted to use the same exact technique, I didn’t. I painted larger areas and didn’t work around the paper. The left side is too heavy for starting off.
Since it was too heavy on the left side, I automatically tried to balance it out by making the right side heavy too. I finished quickly to start again.
Started out with my favorite part.
I focused on the flower and built around it, trying not to fill in large areas to start with.
Working around the paper.
I wanted to give the same importance to every object but I got hung up on the white rose and gave it too much attention neglecting the glass work.
No matter how many times I paint this motif, there is always something new and different in each flower and reflection.
2 thoughts on “Three Still Life Watercolors”
I really enjoy reading about your process and seeing the three different
“takes” on the same subject. Wonderful! They are all full of life!!!
Thanks a lot for your critique. You got a good eye, I can tell by your exquisit insect photos! I have a dragonfly in one of my paintings. I’ll post it when I find the pix, haha