Watercolor Words and Wanderings

I have been pretty busy this week painting. I finished this one which was brewing for a whole year! You can see the transition in the photos below. I got really lucky that the blue masking tape came off without damaging the paper or leaving a residue. The advice I have read is to take the masking fluid or tape off as soon as possible to avoid those types of problems. Seeing it finished I wish I had placed a few more of the white flowers on the page- the white flower is right smack dab in the middle of the left right line on the page. Had I been thinking I should have placed it on one of the golden grid spots. This is where the lines meet when the page is divided into three equal chunks in both directions-kind of like tic-tac-toe. Where the lines cross is usually a good place to put a focal point or point of interest. I think I am calling this “The Lone Survivor”


Then here is one that I started last week in my watercolor class. I am SUPER psyched about the direction that it is going in. Once I got the greens done towards the bottom, I very unsure of what to do next. I almost called my teacher to ask but I stared at it for a few hours and it came to me to move the green into blues. I will work on this this week…


Here is another painting started in class- this is a process that Margaret Dwyer taught me. First you wet the paper, then arrange objects on it and then pour pigment around the objects. Then be patient and let it dry- you get these amazing patterns. I also have been staring at this one for a while. I decided that there were coy fish in and around the leaves. My teacher directed me to a really cool book called, Chinese Painting Techniques for Exquisite Watercolors by Lian Quan Zhen. That book has some great instructions on how to draw and paint fish and birds. These two paintings are practice for the original. I am glad I decided to practice. I learned quite a bit about painting these fish. If you hover over the pictures you can see my comments- BTW most of my blog posts use this feature.

On The Media this week – While listening to The Deliberate Creative I heard about a new pod cast called Magic. Magic is created by Elizabeth Gilbert….I was out of range this last week so I could not listen to it but and waiting with much anticipation to subscribe.

Until next week- Peace – Out! Bec


4 thoughts on “Watercolor Words and Wanderings

  1. Love the coy work. Not sure which painting is your finished product. And I like the white flower a lot. You are right about placement, but it is still good.


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