Friday, January 20, 2012

Yellow Pansies on a Cold Winter Day

Original Watercolor - 8x10

I don't usually paint pansies and I am not sure what inspired me to start in the middle of winter - maybe I just felt like a little sunshine in my life right now!
I started with wet watercolor paper and lightly painted the background colors using manganese blue and a little bit of cadmium yellow light. I loaded my brush with more paint and placed the flowers and leaves, adding a few squiggles around them. I used some mauve for the dark centers of the pansies. When everything was dry I added definition to the petals and leaves, focusing the darks around the flowers. I have to admit that these happy, little flowers do make me smile!

"Too often we are so preoccupied with the destination, we forget the journey. Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it."

I shared this with Paint Party Friday
(Greg Anderson)