Friday, April 4, 2014

Sunflowers in Glass

Painted in watercolor on Fabriano cold-pressed watercolor paper,
using Winsor & Newton, Sennelier and Grumbacher paints.
We're finally warming up here in Texas Hill Country.
The bluebonnets are just arriving along the roadsides, and as soon as
it gets really hot, the wild sunflowers will start to sprout.
So happy to see the end of the freezing temperatures.


Pamela K said...

You are so talented. They are beautiful.

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Hello, RoseAnn -- I've just discovered your work and I really love your style and your subjects. May I ask one thing? The lines I see on your painting -- are they from the pencil sketch you do first, or is that something you add afterwards? I love that effect. Looking forward to following your blog in the future -- Elise

RoseAnn Hayes said...

THANK YOU so much for the kind comments! I’m so glad you like my work!

Elise, all of my watercolors start with a drawing. In fact, the drawing is always much more precise than the painting. I just love to draw! Most of the time it is a pencil drawing, using a very fine point (0.3mm) lead in a mechanical pencil (I like the Pentel Forte Pro II mechanical pencils). I like the look of pencil lines, so I don't erase them. I feel like they give the painting a bit of "bones", sort of, especially since my painting style is pretty loose. Once in awhile I use a permanent ink pen (a Pigma Micron 005 extra fine 0.20mm black pen), but mostly I just use pencil.

RoseAnn Hayes said...

Elise, I hope I wasn't confusing with my answer. I should have said that the pencil (or sometimes pen) sketch comes First, and then I paint over it, and I leave the pencil marks, even when the painting is dry. In fact, most of the time when you paint watercolor over the top of pencil marks, you cannot then erase the pencil marks - the watercolor process seems to "set" the pencil marks a bit, so they cannot usually be erased.

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Thanks for the information -- that's what I thought. I really like the look of that, too. I think I would learn a lot (I'm pretty much a beginner) by emulating your techniques. I hope that doesn't offend you! I think copying the "masters" is an old tradition --

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