4: Violet Dance

Violet Dance

February is all about painting flowers. I think I will never get tired of painting them.  This series is still from the bouquet given to me by J. Some notes…

  • The intricate details of a flower can be intimidating to paint. I’m almost tempted to sketch it first but thankfully I didn’t. I sort of force my brain to really “see” the flower in its simple shapes. I begin from the center and paint the negative space to leave the illusion of white like buds.
  • Paints are mixed on paper– meaning I dab Cobalt Blue on one side of the brush and Permanent Pink on the other then paint the petals on paper. The result is freshly blended colors.
  • I did not paint each petal as it is but softened some of them and bleed them away with water.
  • Lastly, I add the soft veins, darken the center and paint the background.

I really enjoy the element of surprise that can be incorporated in a painting. Watercolor is all about painting with freedom.

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