Roses from a friend – painted

My friend gave me a bunch of gorgeous roses from her garden a couple of months ago, and I immediately took pictures so I could paint them.

Roses from Marsha's garden in a crystal vase
Roses from Marsha’s garden in a crystal vase

Watercolour paints and paper at the ready

Several failed attempts later I was happy with this one, painted freehand with the brush as my pencil.

watercolour painting roses in crystal

 

Hate the light pink rose, love the rest of the painting

 

doodlescape in mixed media

Watercolour Painting Techniques Require Frequent Practice

When studying watercolour painting techniques, I kept hearing "Practise, practise, practise!"

Any discipline, be it physical or mental, involves practising. A marathon runner needs daily practice, so do artists. In order to get better at art, you can start your day in the studio with warm-up exercises, such as colour mixes or trying different brushes to discover their potential strokes.

I have been exploring palettes, water, pigments, paper, brushes, and reading many digital books on the subject. As well, I have watched several videos, and completed many online video courses on watercolour painting techniques.

Review and revise 

On the opposite side of my studio from where I paint,  I place practice pieces, beside works in progress. The distance helps me see 'errors' and decide which painting technique will fix these.

Which technique?

Techniques for painting with watercolour are numerous and, depending on the instructor's ideas, can be different from one book or video to the next.

Playing with watercolour is both exciting and frustrating!

Cabinet in studio

Some of my pieces

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Octopus Garden
Wet in wet layer, wet on dry layer, doodles with watercolour pens
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Look Beneath
Glazing, layers A5
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Primula
Negative painting, drips, A5
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Close Focus Rose
Layers, glazing 8in x 8in
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Pink Roses
Blending, wet on dry, wet on wet, spattering
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Doodlescape
Doodlescape wet-in-wet watercolour technique, A4
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water colour balls
Wet-in-wet watercolour technique, A5
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Daffodils
Daffodils in loose watercolour technique, A5
Cudgegong-afternoon watercolour painting

Watercolour Painting Sold: Cudgegong Afternoon

I made Cudgegong Afternoon to put in the show in town. Although it took me several weeks to finish as I painted it in layers of very diluted pigments, I really enjoyed the process,

The new owners of Cudgegong Waters Park were so delighted that I consented to let them buy it, because they absolutely loved it.

Please enjoy it.

Update: Veronica called in to show me the framed painting. It looks spectacular!

Watercolour Painting Sold

Cudgegong Afternoon

Arches™ cold pressed paper, A2, watercolour tube paints from Art Spectrum (an Aussie company).