Thursday, March 24, 2011

Which One Do You Like?

FLOWERS IN THE WIND
Original Watercolor - 11x15
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I painted both of these using the same exact design but with different colors and a different approach.
Flowers in the Wind was started by wetting the whole paper and painting yellow, turquoise and purple all over - I even threw in a little salt. When it was dry, I drew the design and then used alot of negative painting to define the flowers. I painted very little on the flowers and leaves themselves - just enough shading to give dimension but basically let the original colors stay in place, giving the piece more of a design feel as opposed to realistic - hence the blue and purple leaves!

SPRING DELIGHT
Original Watercolor - 11x15
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For Spring Delight I again wet the paper first and painted in the colors yellow and pink with a little bit of green. When dry, I drew the same design but this time I did more positive painting on the flowers, reinforcing the colors and making them brighter. I also painted the leaves in shades of green and kept the background a little lighter giving this piece a more realistic feel. A fun exercise - try it sometime!

Which one do you like the best? Why? I'd love to hear from everyone!

2 comments:

  1. Oh Martha... that is a hard decision... I guess I will go with the pink one since that 'is' my signature color ...lol (JanetC)

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  2. It is a hard choice to make! But I really like the background in the pink flower painting and I can't resist green and pink, even though I'm a purple lover.

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