Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Watercolor Demonstration of a Floral Bouquet

For an Open Studios event at Sorrel Sky Gallery in Durango, Colorado.

I started with a quick color sketch of the bouquet, in my sketchbook.  Often, I like these quick sketches better than the finished paintings.

On the stretched watercolor paper, I did a wet-in-wet underpainting.  When that was dry, I began to paint the flowers, working my way from shape to shape.
Every now and then, I would turn the bouquet, to get another perspective -- not worrying about painting it exactly as it was.

Then, I did a little negative painting, added some darks, and signed it.

It's fun to paint in an un-planned way occasionally, and in this case, I was happy with the result.

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