Sunday, 13 March 2016

Opposites Attract

It is said that opposites attract, well same for me in painting in watercolour. My last post I spoke of how I go about painting when some careful drawing is required. Well as a complete opposite this painting has no drawing and not a lot of composition planning.

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


8 comments:

  1. What a beautiful sight Lorraine! An alla prima creation and I can just imagine the whole scene in that larger size. Congrat

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  2. Love these roses Lorraine! Your enthusiasm for painting them really comes through.

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  3. Lovely painting and post. Always interesting to read what sparks off that seed of inspiration and commitment to a subject.

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  4. So so beautiful, Lorraine. I've never painted whole sheet, still working up the courage.

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  5. THIS METHOD OBVIOUSLY WORKS VERY WELL FOR YOU, LORRAINE. I LOVE THIS PAINTING...SO VERY MUCH!

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  6. What a liberating way to paint! Beautiful!!!

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  7. It's an exciting way to paint. You never know what you are going to get and when it turns out as well as this did, it's very worthwhile. Love the color harmony. I have not had such success with cascade green. Maybe I need to try it again with different colors.

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  8. Dear Lorraine just so soft and lovely. The perfect subject for a free style. Have a great weekend.

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