My initial preparation included:
- Picking a couple of roses- one little bud and one bloom which had already started to wilt.
- Choice of paper and size - I wanted to try and fill a whole sheet and therefore decided it needed to be a bit heavier so went for the 425gsm Saunders Waterford Hot Press.
- I chose my colours which included Cascade Green, Quinacridone Violet, Quinacridone Gold, Permanent Rose and a little Indigo. The added red at the end was Winsor Red.
- With a big leap of faith I started dropping colour in wet into wet and as colours were merging I thought of where I could leave clean or light areas to add some main blooms.
- Whilst the background wash was drying I continued to work adding stronger pigment building up some darks around the blooms.
- When to stop - well this time it was when the sheet of paper was full.
This type of painting is very rewarding to me, I love the freedom of not having pre planned shapes to paint. Its down side is that not every painting is a winner but the process for me always is.
|With a Touch of Red|
76cm x 56cm unframed size