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.

 

#White Almond Blossoms in Crystal Vase 2015

Almond Blossoms in Crystal Vase 2015 The Watercolor Art Making Process

Almond Blossoms in Crystal Vase 2015

These blossoms don’t last a long time on the tree; in fact, they have already blown away.  I was only able to do two watercolors of these blossoms this year.  This is the second watercolor.  I did both of them on the same day.  They each took about 5 hours to paint.

#White Almond Blossoms in Crystal Vase

White Almond Blossoms in Crystal Vase 2015 – Watercolor on Arches 300 GSM – 11 in x 15 in – 28 cm x 38 cm

Here I started at the base to control the width of the vase and the outward spread of the blossoms.

Here I started at the base to control the width of the vase and the outward spread of the blossoms.

Then I started painting upwardly, putting everything in place lightly.

Then I started painting upwardly, putting everything in place lightly.

I'm still painting upwardly, finding a place where the blossoms are in space.  I'm also marking the branches at the same time.

I’m still painting upwardly, finding a place where the blossoms are in space. I’m also marking the branches at the same time.

#White Almond Blossoms in Crystal Vase 2015

I’m finishing up with the detail and putting in washes where I see shade.

#White Almond Blossoms in Crystal Vase 2015

I finished the painting, It is still taped down to the board.