Day 4 of my 30 paintings in 30 days project:
This one's going to have to be a small painting, due to time constraints today. Getting important visitors later today!
Here's the reference photo...I took it at SWEET OLIVE in a beautiful section of Mt. Pleasant, SC (called I'ON) a few years back. Water lilies are a recurring theme for me...one of these days, I might actually have time to raise my own! My TO DO list is already too long as it is, so don't anyone challenge me to start a waterlily pond please!
|Reference Photo for my painting on Day 4 of my 30-day project|
Because this was going to be a small painting (approx 4" x 6"), I decided to crop the photo and focus just on the lilies themselves. I never try to "copy" the colors of my reference material. I have more fun if I can just be free to experiment and "go with the flow" (pun intended, of course!).
In this photo, I'm showing you my first wash and the initial ink sketch.
|1st wash of watercolor, and the ink drawing which I applied after the wash dried.|
And here BELOW is a pic of the final piece entitled "Water Beauties III". Enjoy! (Note: the difference in color in the photo of the first wash is because I took it before the sun really came out...I photograph my work outside in the shade and the warmth of the sun affects the final look).
|"Water Beauties III" (4.25" x 5.75") Watercolor with pen and ink. |
By Helen K. Beacham
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