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.
These are some of the steps taken.
I started out by putting the vase and the flowers on the paper first.
Then I start working around the paper putting in the colors and shapes I see.
Here I start looking for contrast.
Looking for depth.
Looking for atmosphere too.
Vibrant color and immediacy is what I like the most about the watercolor medium. consistent practice is important whether inspired or not.
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 want the painting to have balance, so work on different areas going to opposite places on the paper and touching the corners as well.
I was happy with how it turned out, so I did two more water colors the same day.
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.
I focused on the flower and built around it, trying not to fill in large areas to start with.
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.
I like to paint small watercolors of colorful flowers and transparent glass filled with water.
These small still-life paintings date back from the 90’s to the present 2016.
They are all post card size 5.5”x 7.5”or smaller. I started off making this size in the mid-eighties to send as post cards.
Almond Blossoms are really nice to paint. In the spring there are a lot of these trees in Madrid. I sent this watercolor to my Mom. When I go to California I see it on the wall.
I remember visiting someone who had sweet peas growing in their vegetable garden, I couldn’t resist taking some home to paint them. I’m going to have to get some sweet pea seeds.
The Red Bottle is one of my favorites. I bought it in the mid-eighties at the Salvation Army in the Gaslamp Quarter when I was living in sunny San Diego. I’m always on the look out for beautiful glass bottles and vases.
This watercolor is wet on wet with my favorite red bottle.
What I like the most about glass are the reflections; especially clear glass with water in it.
I paint a lot; not everything turns out. It doesn’t matter. I like to include everything I see around my model.
I go to California often, almost every year. I like to paint the flowers in my Mother’s garden. Bougainvillea is so fun to paint.
Sometimes I paint the motif twice. Here I changed the vase. I like this vase; I like the fact that you can see the stems and leaves in the water.
Here is the vase again with my Mom’s beautiful roses.
I like colored glass. They have everything I like, color, shape, transparency and reflection.
Someone gave me this vase. I think it’s beautiful with the vertical grooves imitating a greek column. This one got sent off in the mail.
I like to do more than one painting to try a different view.
When the spring comes around, I go a little crazy. I can’t stop painting. Spring is such a bright season full of color and warmth.
You can really see the difference of the light in the spring.
These are California Poppies and wild flowers. I brought the seeds from California and planted them here in Madrid. I recently sent this one to my Dad.
I wanted to paint my model with the reflection in the mirror and on the table.
This is the latest small watercolor. A friend told me that the color of this bottle is chartreuse.
I’m glad she told me. I had never heard of that color. Thanks to her the title isn’t yellow bottle with wild flowers, but Chartreuse Bottle with California Wild Flowers. 🙂
White Almond Blossoms in Watercolor.
Here in Madrid, Spain the almond trees are in full bloom in the first week of March. The flowers have white delicate petals with a touch of crimson in the middle. These blossoms are fleeting; I don’t catch them every year. Sometimes it’s windy and they blow away and decorate the ground before I can paint them. How do you paint white flowers in watercolor? You paint the space around them to give them shape by respecting the white.