We just got back from a family reunion at Topsail beach. My aunt, mom, sister and I would sit down almost every day and paint a bit. I've never really been into painting landscapes or beach scenes, but I was inspired to attempt one this week. The water was so blue and the sky was simply gorgeous all week.
I started out with liquid frisket (or masking fluid) to preserve the white of the paper for the waves and the clouds. After wetting the entire page, I washed my colors on. After removing the frisket with an eraser, I softened the edges of the clouds and added more definition so that they weren't so stark. All in all, I was pleased with the result. It is so amazing when you're on the coast...the sky is ever shifting and changing and the ocean mimics the sky's mood.
I actually painted 2 beach scenes, but I wasn't pleased with the second one. We all sat down to attempt some freer floral scenes (and let our sunburns heal) and I really wanted to practice negative painting, so I painted this wildflower one. This one has some serious negative painting going on in it. It is useful, as a watercolorist, to continually practice negative painting since it's something that you'll always need to have in your back pocket and pull out once in awhile.
For this painting, I wet the entire page and dropped all of the colors on at once.....hooker's green, alizarin crimson, cobalt blue and new gamboge yellow....in differing combinations. After letting the page dry, I sketched out the flower shapes according to how the colors ran together and continued on from there, darkening up leaves and stems and painting all of the small shapes in varying shades and depths. It helped me to continually be sketching new shapes as I went along so that I wouldn't get lost. Shake on a tiny bit of salt while your page is wet and it will give you a slight dappled look. At the very end, I lifted some small circles in the darker colors.
BTW, if anyone has any naming ideas for these paintings, please let me know in the comments section...I'm terrible at naming my paintings.
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I'm a wife and mother of four kids. I homeschool, paint, run, and garden! I am always interested in digging truths out of Scripture. Here, you'll find my thoughts on art, adoption, gardening, mothering, homeschooling, books and whatever else is on my mind. Enjoy!
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