As we head into the new year I like to think about new possibilities and what I will focus on. I don’t like resolutions but I like having goals and things to reach for.
My thoughts for a creative 2022: Keep working to improve my watercolor skills. Have fun and explore different techniques. Improve my watercolor backgrounds. Allow for more playtime in my sketchbook. Share videos and snippets of my painting process. Remember to be gentle with myself and slow down when I need to.
Watercolor Backgrounds I plan on putting more thought into backgrounds this year. Hopefully playing more with backgrounds will improve my paintings and make them more interesting.
As an example, I recently painted this lively background above with the wet on wet technique. I used a damp brush to lift off paint in some places for placement of bigger flowers.
I think playing and experimenting with backgrounds will be a lot of fun.
Here’s a photo of the final painting taken with better lighting. 😊 I added some flowers and bumped up the color. It think it looks a bit dreamy… I love that.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. What are you planning on focusing on in 2022?
Today I have some pretty Cosmos flowers to share with you.
This is an in progress view of my watercolor painting. At this point I had stopped painting thinking that it was finished. After looking at my photo I could see that it needed a little more work. It’s always good to step back and take another look.
I decided to strengthen the color of the flowers and add more detail in the center.
I think those changes made quite a difference without overworking the painting. It seemed to really wake up these happy flowers. yay!
One interesting note that I wanted to share about this painting is that I used only a small flat brush (1/2 inch) and small liner brush (#1). I’m always amazed what is possible with a flat brush the more I use it.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Jump in and let the magic happen. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!
I recently bought a pad of Arches watercolor paper and decided to limit it to only floral paintings. Today I have one of those paintings to share with you.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💗
My favorite coral pink watercolor combination: Quinacridone Rose + Yellow Ochre + Pyrrol Scarlet (just a tiny bit)
I started by painting the flower petals first. That way I have lots of room and freedom to position them anywhere on the page. Then I can fill in with leaves and stems all around and balance things out.
I’m very happy with the soft petals. While the paint was still wet, I used a clean brush and a little water to soften the edges.
For the flower centers, I used a very small brush and a dark color mix. It took a couple layers of paint to get the deep color that I wanted. The dark color in the center of the flowers really wakes up this painting.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and shine on.