As you know, I’m basically a ‘self taught’ artist. I haven’t taken any formal art education, such as college or university studies. Online tutorials and videos are about it, for me. So, I’m learning as I go along. In the Brush Fun Facebook group, one of the Admin. suggested that for March, we all challenge ourselves with painting flowers. With, of course, the expectation that these won’t be ‘perfect’ works of art! Hence, the practice makes perfect! We’re to share our paintings, with the hashtag #practicemakesperfect, in the group. So here is my first practice piece!
I found a reference photo on Unsplash, and worked from that. First, I sketched the outline, and then masked off the flowers & branches, so that I could create the background.
For the top two-thirds, I used Ultramarine and Turquoise. For the bottom third, I chose Yellow and Yellow Ochre, with a bit of Sandstone. Start with wetting the entire piece of watercolour paper, and then sprinkle the Brusho onto it. Use a wet brush, adding more water if necessary, to blend out as desired. Next, allow the background to dry.
Once the background is dry, remove the masking fluid from the blooms and branches. The colours I used for the blooms are Scarlet (very watered down), Purple, and a touch of Sandstone. For the branches, I used a touch of Dark Brown, Sandstone, and a bit of underpainting with Purple and Ultramarine.
The only non-Brusho colour I used was a bit of Moonglow, from Daniel Smith.
THINGS TO WORK ON
Oh, where to start!?! My brush was too dry when blending the petals, and I was a bit heavy-handed with some of the colours. Next time, I’m going to try creating the washed background without using masking fluid on the focal image. Living dangerously, I know! LOL.
I hope that my sharing my practice makes perfect paintings encourage you to try and experiment, too. It can be scary, and I’ve trashed my fair share of attempts, but if we don’t keep practicing, we can’t improved. Personally, I think that ‘perfection’ can’t be attained, but is an ongoing goal. However you look at it, have fun, and celebrate the process!
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