Inspired by Annelein Beukenkamp and Jean Warren, I'm enjoying layering and negative painting with the flowers from my garden. Here's another cyclamen that thrives on cold nights done in a bit larger format. I first drew the flowers lightly with pencil. I then applied washes all over the paper in a very wet manner so the washes ran outside the lines. After the paper dried, I drew the leaves and stems with a green watercolor pencil that would dissolve as I painted. Using both negative and positive painting, I responded to the washes to develop the image. I will include this painting in the Silicon Valley Open Studios on May 9 and 10.
The other day I found out that the Webmaster decided to feature a photograph of three of us plein air painters at the waterfall in Uvas Canyon Park on the home page for the watercolor society. I am the person sitting on the ground on the left on the day I left behind most supplies that I needed, including my three-legged stool. http://www.scvws.org/ In a few months this photo will be replaced by others more current. Last night, Jenny asked me to send her the Rosicrucian Museum piece as she wants to feature it and a couple pieces from others on the watercolor society plein air page.
I was reading my latest Artist Magazine and found a mixed watermedia portrait by Jean Pedersen, a frequent contributor the magazine. I just love her work. There is a link to Jean's blog to the right.