White Almond Blossoms in Talavera Vase Watercolor March 2017

This spring I was only able to paint one watercolor of the white almond blossoms. They bloomed, it rained, it was windy and they were gone.

Talavera Vase 2017

These are some of the steps taken.

Starting out with the vase and flowers

I started out by putting the vase and the flowers on the paper first.

Focusing only on what I see

Then I start working around the paper putting in the colors and shapes I see.

Looking for contrast

Here I start looking for contrast.

Looking for depth

Looking for depth.

Looking for Atmosphere

Looking for atmosphere too.

 

Spanish Spring Blossoms in Talavera Vase 2016

This year, the spring was like an explosion of colors.  We had a lot of rain and the flower season was abundant and long-lasting.

Paper pointing to model

When I start a watercolor, I point the paper at the model. The paper is thick, 640 GMS. I tape it down with normal carpenter’s tape because I will finish this watercolor before the sun goes down and the light changes drastically.  I wet the paper  with a brush, wait til it soaks up the water and wet it down again. I don’t always do this, but I want the flowers to blend in with the background.

Moving around the paper

The paper is completely wet, but not soaking to the point where the paint runs. Then, I start laying in color where I see it, trying to get the form as exact as possible.

Estabilshing Vase and Flowers When I establish where the vase and blossoms go on the picture plane, I focus on my favorite part, respecting the whites and emphasising color.

A la Prima

Here, I start paying attention to detail, painting a la prima from here to finish of painting.

Spanish Spring Blossoms on Easil 2016

Spanish Spring Blossoms in Talavera Vase 2016 on Easel. It is still taped down.  When the tape is taken off, it has a white border which gives it a nice touch if you let it show in a mat.

Spanish Spring Blossoms in Talavera Vase 2016

Spanish Spring Blossoms in Talavera Vase 2016