Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Watercolor Wednesdays

A class assignment utilizing wet on wet watercolor techniques.
For the last 11 weeks I have been teaching watercolor classes at the local Arts Center.  As the second round of classes comes to an end, I am excited and inspired by the progress in my students work.  I want to keep the motivation and inspiration going both for my students and for myself.  Each Wednesday I am dedicating a blog post to a watercolor I am working on.  I will share what I am learning from my current project, both strengths and weaknesses.  I created a Flickr Group for others to reciprocate and share what they are working on.  The Flickr Group is a place to exchange encouragement and helpful feedback for those dabbling in watercolor painting.  It is my hope that my students and others who are interested will submit paintings, in any stage of development, to the group.  If you are posting a picture, use the comment section to write about what aspects of the painting are challenging, what is working out better than planned, or anything that has been learned from the process.  If you are viewing others work please leave kind and thoughtful feedback.  

I am including in this post the things I have been working on over the last two months and a little about what I've learned from each.  Seems there is either time to paint or time to write blog posts....I'm attempting to balance the two....

Swans at Lago di Fimon
I used masking fluid on the swans and the light reflections in the water.  The masking fluid worked great....except on the small places I did not have full coverage....but for the most part I was able to work it in.   

The crocus painting I just enjoyed.  I played around with very wet paint in the background. I like painting flowers, it's more of a fun exercise than a learning experience. 

Autumn Crocus in the Afternoon Sun
Having learned my lesson on the swans, the next time I used masking fluid I used gobs, unfortunately, despite what the package said, masking fluid over painted areas does remove some of the paint.  In the Italian Farmhouse painting I wanted to darken the sky just a bit after the trees were painted.  I covered the trees in masking fluid and repainted the sky.  I was happy with the results, until I pulled off the masking fluid and some the pigment with it...not to mention small bits of paper.  It was all so frustrating, I had to set this one aside for a week or so.  To add to the frustration I had used all of the purple color I was using in the dark shadows and couldn't recall exactly what I used to mix the color. 

Italian Farmhouse
 In the end, I just made a new purple and I went back and darken the trees.  This farmhouse is on the way to my daughter's pre-school.  On winter mornings the tree shadows created on the front of the house are so striking.  I am not sure the painting does it justice, but I just don't know where to go from here. (The color in the top picture is closer to reality than the second picture.)

Italian Farmhouse with trees darkened...the photo is a bit on the yellow side.
Having learned a great lesson on keeping track of what colors I mix from the farmhouse, on the Poppy painting I made notes on the watercolor tape as to exactly what proportions I used when mixing colors.  This came in handy when I ran out of green before the painting was complete. 

Poppies, complete with color mixing notes. 
Poppies without color notes.
So tonight I started on a painting of a yellow calla lily.  The sketch is almost complete.  I'll share the progress next week, until then..... Join the Flickr Group and Happy Painting!


  1. Gorgeous. Are any of.these for sale?
    I hope to enroll in a class someday. I continue to have one conflict after another preventing me! Ugggghhhhh....
    But how fortunate we are to have a woman of so many talents in our community. A big thanks for paying it forward, Daisey.

    1. Dana, I hope to be teaching classes for a long while. I really enjoy! I'm sure one day it will work out and I'll see you in class!

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    1. Thanks, Nuccia! I really like the poppies, too...both the painted ones and the ones growing EVERYWHERE! I always look forward to May.

  4. Daisey...I finally clicked the link...and I wrote a post that disappeared! My morning has not gone well! I love your classes and your down to earth techniques and teaching style! We never did cover the "tea technique" in class...maybe next time! LOL

    1. LOL, I had forgotten about the "tea technique." Next class, Lynne, next class...
      I have really enjoyed having you in the classes. I hope you join the flickr group, I really want to see the leaves you are working on :o)

  5. Oh!My, I want to be in this class too. Wonderful work!