I promised you all a weekly blog through these difficult times. I am trying my best to think of subjects that may fill an hour or two if you want to give them a go. If anyone wants a specific subject for me to cover then do pop a comment at the end. I try to make my blogs interesting for those of you who don't paint but like to see what I'm up to and maybe get an insight into my process. I know I enjoy watching people at work , printmaking or crafting but I have no intention of having a go.
For those of you who are nosy ( like me) this is where I work
It's doubling up as a greenhouse at the moment too, as we try to cultivate some veg crops for later in the year, I like to think they are keeping me company in my little studio x
We have been blessed with some lovely weather during this lockdown. I think it makes things easier and I am even more aware than ever of nature and the coming of new growth. Flowers, bees, birds, they are all around us
So today while I strolled around my garden, which needs a lot of work....
Looking at the Spring flowers
I settled on one of my favourites . Pulmonaria, or lungwort. It is such an important early provider of nectar in the garden, they grow everywhere, but that doesn't mean they don't have their own special beauty, especially is you look closely
So back to the studio
Begin by choosing a few special blooms that you want to concentrate on and sketch them out, once you have done that, I choose a my brush. I use Winsor and Newton, series seven, which are sable, they come to a great point so I can create detail, but they also hold a lot of water
Next we are going to start on a pink flower. I am using the white of the paper to create the highlights. So remember to save some white on your painting
Start with the lightest pink first. I use rose madder, and add a touch or cerulean blue.
Can you see now I am building up the colour, adding a bit of cobalt blue and more paint into my wash. Just small touches here and there make a difference.You want to create contrast and light and shade.
Do you see, now where I have added the shadow behind the light area on the flower it suddenly pops. This is where painting is magic I think, you suddenly have a real flower, created just from paint.
Then I paint the green part that holds the flower ( no idea what it's called!) again start light with a lemon yellow, then get darker, Look closely and add the detail.
Now you can carry on with as many other flowers as you want.You can see I have started the one above which is pink and bluey purple. Just paint what you see.
The next one up I decide to go blue. Light blues first, leaving white on the petals again for the highlights.
Adding the dark for the petals behind the flowers really make them stand out.
To finish I like to let my watercolours dance around a bit. I add some more greens to give the impression of leaves and splash around some colour too, as if the pollen and plants are all in the air. Attracting the bees.
You could go on and do lots of these and create a very detailed piece ( especially if you have more patience than me) but I left mine there
and had a nice cup of tea x