In March the Cherry Plum and Almond trees are full of Pink and White Blossoms. I like to paint them because they brighten up the room and do the same in a watercolor.
I’m starting out with a grid here to keep my parallel lines even with the picture plane. The grid helps me fit whatever I want wherever I want on the paper.
The grid controls the Talvera vase so it is not lopsided. There are a lot of branches and blossoms to paint, so I don’t draw them one by one, I cast lines in the direction of the branches and mark some of the pink flowers that stand out the most.
I’m working around the picture plane trying to treat everything with the same importance, background and foreground.
When painting the white blossoms, I leave the white of the paper. What I do is paint around them leaving a blank silhouette. This is called respecting the white of the paper.
I work around the paper emphasising some details. I try to be careful not to make any area heavier than other areas.
When I’m pretty sure everything is where it belongs, I start in with a la prima, putting in the dark contrasting color in one shot in order to bring out the light.
I’m finishing up here. This is the moment when it can gain or lose. It’s the point of no return. I try not to get to that point, but it really is hard to decide when to stop.
I painted just a little bit more and stopped. I don’t have this watercolor anymore. Next year I hope to make another one in the spring.
My Watercolor Process
The Art Making Process of a Resin-oil Painting; a Spin-off from a Watercolor.
Most painters work in more than one medium because variety offers many possibilities of expression. I made a spin-off of the watercolor ‘Glass Bottles on top of Antique Closet’ in resin-oil. Resin-oil is a medium in which you mix oil with with thickened linseed oil and Venetian turpentine. This medium gives a candied effect with vivid colors. I use resin-oil in a more expressionistic manner than my watercolor and tempera paintings. I like the happy accidents and drips that show up on the canvas. There is one drawback regarding resin-oil; the room where you paint needs to have plenty of ventilation because the vapors are very strong.
My favorite Bottles
This is part of a series of twelve watercolors that I’m making in different parts of the house. Today they are on top of the closet. In the winter, the light changes quickly, so it took three days to finish it.
Bottles in the Rain
I am working on a series called ‘My Favorite Bottles’. Every time I paint them, I put them in a different place in the house so I can study the light, colors and reflections. It was raining and I thought that this was the perfect opportunity to paint reflections of the bottles on a wet floor.