9.03.2011

More Flowers

I wanted to try another loose flower watercolor since I really need practice in this area. I'm not a realistic painter, I like to do representational flower pieces. I recently bought two books by Ann Blockley, one titled Watercolour Textures and the other, Experimental Flowers In Watercolour.  They are both great books full of wonderful examples for creating texture in watercolors and painting loosely. They inspired me to try this watercolor. I took this painting to class for critique by Jerry Stitt. He liked the texture in the green area which was accomplished by flicking dark paint into the wet watercolor, then using crumpled tissue paper to create the illusion of leaves and greenery. When painting this I was mindful of something Jerry always tells us, "the fewer shapes the better". So although you see three flowers here, they overlap to form one shape. He said that if I had made them separate flowers the painting would have looked spotty.  I was also mindful to make each flower a different size - another point that is is always drummed into us. Whether it be flowers or trees or houses, vary the shapes so they don't become boring. I painted this watercolor on Arches hot pressed paper using scarlet lake, brown madder, windsor green (yellow shade) and burnt sienna.

19 comments:

  1. I like your painting! I have the first book Watercolour Textures, but I have not done anything with it. Interesting advice, the fewer shapes the better.. I have to think about that. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thanks Judy. Yes, I learned early on in painting to try to simplify but I still find it the most difficult thing to do - especially with landscapes.

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  3. It looks exotic.. I noted down all the points that you considered to create this lovely piece.. the texture is beautiful and the merging of the flowers is a great piece of advice.

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  4. This is beautiful! I like the looseness of your flower paintings, which seems like a natural transition from the loose landscapes.

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  5. The looseness is beautiful. I LOVE that style!

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  6. Jean, I am so happy for you as this is so loose and the colours just vibrate. I have not seen these books, so may have to order them....although I vowed not to buy any more books! Love the points you made. How about a really big one like this? Or I should ask what size is it? It would be an interesting thing to try this in the exact same way but using Arches 140lb CP paper....if you have the inclination.

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  7. I love the flowers and textures. The dark dots in the flowers make me wonder if they should be varied in size as well. Just a thought.

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  8. Padmaja: It's nice that we can learn from each other and I'm pleased you found something useful on my blog.

    Blaga: Thanks for the kind comments. At the moment landscapes come easier than flowers, but I'm working on it.

    Kathleen: Thanks for checking out my blog.

    Maggie: I should have posted the size which is 6" x 9.5". I will attempt a flower painting on cold pressed but I usually have more success on hot pressed paper.

    Joyfulartist: The flower centers were something that was of concern to me but I was afraid to mess with it. I will think about it and maybe vary them.

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  9. Hi Jean, a very lovely painting,so fresh looking, the colours and simple composition are so nice. I know the work of Ann Blockley I have her very first book!

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  10. Hi Caroline
    I just love her books. She is the daughter of John Blockley, who was a great watercolorist. I have all of his books too. Their styles are so different but they both delve into textures in watercolor, something that really interests me.

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  11. Jeanne, just lovely. You learn your lessons well. I always marvel how the composition and execution principals are pretty straightforward, but difficult to keep in mind and to execute.

    I just completed a Vermont landscape painting that had me thinking about your work.

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  12. very good painting : )

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  13. Love this painting and found your comments very helpful. I need to keep those points in mind: fewer shapes the better and always vary the size of the shapes. Thanks for a great post!

    T

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  14. I like this painting a lot. You achieved a wonderful abstract quality with a recognizable subject. I always love your earthy landscapes and I find this equally appealing.

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  15. I LOVE the looseness in this painting and the power of the colors. Beautiful!

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  16. Mi piace molto il tuo stile e trovo questi fiori magnifici. Elvi

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  17. Beautiful! I have always loved watercolr.

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  18. Love the softness, Jean.

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