Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pink Chrysanthemums


I'm so happy with the progress I've made painting chrysanthemums. They put up a struggle at first, but we've made friends now and I'm having so much fun with them. I love this one so much! I guess I've painted a dozen pots of chrysanthemums in the last few weeks. I suppose some painters would get very bored with painting the same subject over and over. It doesn't bother me, though. It's just the approach I use to get a handle on a subject that I love. I just keep hammering away at them until I find my way (usually).


Friday, February 4, 2011

Pink Chrysanthemums



Another step in my series of chrysanthemum studies. I feel like I'm making progress here, towards what I have in my head. I really like this one. To some, it may seem like I'm going backwards, or deconstructing --- with less detail. What I'm really doing is trying to paint the mums looser and more watercolory and fluid. That's just the type of watercolors that I like. Watercolorists will understand that it takes alot of practice to make it look easy-breezy.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

White Mums in Terra Cotta



Another in my series of studies of chrysanthemums in terra cotta pots. Feel like I'm gradually getting a handle on the subject, because I'm liking them more. Course any watercolor can go off the cliff at any time if you overwork it. To my eyes, that's a common watercolor mistake. Overworking, too many layers, too much nitpicking - those things take the freshness out of a watercolor. I think you have to know when to stop, and then stop 3 or 4 steps before you get to that point. Not so easy.


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