We're still working on negative painting. This time our watercolor teacher loaned us some of her pictures of waterlilies and lotus plants. First I sketched a few to figure out the shapes, then I got an idea for composition. To prep my paper (12x16) , I wet the whole thing then added medium yellow, aliziran crimson and thalo blue , leaving white spaces where my main flowers and leaves would be. After it dried, I sketched in two main flowers and three main leaves. It's hard to make the lily pads look flat, yet show some dimension. I painted around all of the main shapes with a slightly darker value of the background colors, then waited for it to dry again. Repeat the process until I had as many lily pads as I wanted. After that I did a little positive painting to accent the colors and then drew in veins using a broken twig instead of a small brush.
I ended up going in with another darker wash of thalo green and turquoise to try to get the pond darker.
I think I'll try this again, but with yellow flowers and a green pond this time. Maybe a bee or butterfly? fish?
My first actual show was "Differing Views" presented by the Windward Wanderers. 17 artists who paint regularly on the windward side of Oahu displayed works at the visitors center of Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens in Kaneohe. The opening reception was last night- take a look at some photos. I displayed 3 paintings and actually sold one. What a great experience - very encouraging.