I’ve been so inspired lately by the expressive artwork so many of you are making. I’m feeling the need to loosen up and make something with a bit of punch. I searched “loose watercolor flowers” on YouTube and found this link from Deb Watson. Hub grows purple coneflowers, but they’re not yet blooming, and at Deb’s website, she was kind enough to share her reference image.
Here is my first background wash. I kind of liked it, until I went on in the video and she reminded me to make sure the background is quite dark, to have a good contrast against the fairly light flower.
So after letting it dry (ahem, helping it along with a hair dryer), I wet the paper again (all but where I’d drawn in the flower) and laid in a deeper, darker wash. It’s not quite as psychedelic, but I do like the deep tones of M. Graham’s aureolin yellow, cobalt blue and phthalo blue together.
My end product is quite different from hers, but mainly because I wanted the texture in the petals. Not sure if I should go back and soften them off a bit with clear water? The lines there may be a bit hard, but at this point, I’m happy with it. We’ll see what happens in the morning. The pink/purples I used are Graham’s quinacridone rose and Cotman’s mauve and a bit of dioxazine purple and a bit of WN Rose Madder.
Who wants to dance?? I’m ready! Happy Friday, everyone. Tail feathers were meant for shakin’! Thanks, as always, for your visits and comments.