Flowers in Blue Vase

FlowersInBlueVaseLoResDo all beginning watercolorists like to paint flowers?

I do – I don’t know why – they aren’t particularly easy to paint, and I never seem to get the final image to be what I see in my mind.  But they do seem like the perfect subject to begin with — I guess because they just sit there, looking beautiful and colorful.  So I keep trying because, even though they aren’t perfect (and who wants perfect, anyway?), it’s fun and it makes me happy! And that’s the most important thing.

This particular watercolor is an attempt at painting negative space, to produce white flowers.  I love the ultramarine blue color – one of my favorites – and I especially love it with the orange-y background, which I made with a combination of gamboge and raw sienna.  (I think that’s the combination I used.  I don’t actually remember – middle age is hell, and I should write all these things down while I’m doing them!)

I liked my final effort.  I scanned the image and printed a greeting card for a (much younger) friend who is pregnant – she loved it!  That makes all the effort worthwhile – I love when someone loves what I’ve done!

I really wanted to take another watercolor class this summer, but I will be exhibiting (and, hopefully, selling) my photography in an art fair this September, which means I need to concentrate my efforts (and my finances) on that project before I can do anything else.  I’ll be offering prints on canvas, which is new for me.  I think that’s due to the frustrated painter in me!

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