All kinds of wonky going on her. The table is uneven, (and I used a guide, how did that happen?). The pot is the leaning tower of turquoise. But I didn’t say so. Haha! I tried to capture how the leaves twist and turn. I didn’t quite get it this time, but I can always try again.
The table is slightly darker in life. I like it here, It has a bit of a sheen to it. I’m so in love with my snake plant. Mostly because it is STILL ALIVE. I haven’t killed it. And every time I look, there is a new leaf or two. Sweet!
This was a quick little postcard. I have a busy two days, so I wanted to get ahead. Whew! I got ‘er done! I put down the background color first. Covered the entire piece. I left some white areas and some blooms. That provided interesting textures in some of the leaves. I went one layer too many though and lost those details. Lesson learned. Instead of trying to glaze to “mix” colors, I should have painted with the color mixed in the palette.
I was having fun, and working fast, next time I will be more thoughtful. Still, I am happy with how this turned out. The varying greens. But I think I would like a warm “wall” behind it.
You know me, I had to do it. I did a digital edit. I copied part of day 9’s background and pasted it here. Let me know which you prefer.
OH YEAH! That feels right. Haha 😉
I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. Pablo Picasso
Doubt is part of the creative process. Danielle LaPorte
For Day 9, a small barrel cactus. I love the round form of this cactus. A little thorny ball. They are pretty when you see them in groupings. Some look yellow because they have so many thorns.
I used Master’s Touch regular watercolor paper. I think the paper texture is less noticeable with this than it is on the premium paper. In the close-up, you can just barely see a horizontal pattern. More noticeable is the vertical texture. It is very visible in person, on the darker colors. But I don’t mind it.
Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. A. A. Milne
For day 8, a Saguaro. Sentinel and symbol of the southwest. They grow taller than many trees, up to 40 feet. They are strictly protected in Arizona.
About a year ago I purchased a pad of inexpensive paper to use for watercolor. I knew it was not good quality, but I thought it would be good for practice. I also used it with acrylics, and it worked pretty well.
I really fell in love with the texture, and I used the whole pad. I have been trying to find more since then. Haha. Thought I did, and I bought two pads when they were 50% off. This paper is slightly different. The texture before was straight horizontal lines. Now it looks like there are two patterns, one straight, and one sort of wavy. Here’s an example of what I remember.
Maybe this paper is the same. I had fun working on today’s piece. It started loose and fast. I worked really wet, puddles, and the paper held up, not warped. This is Hobby Lobby’s Master’s Touch brand. 140 lb., premium watercolor pad. I also have a pad of their regular watercolor paper, I’ll try that next. The textures are different.
I revisited two previous works. For the aloe, I used a digital edit. The original is still intact. I like both versions, but I do think the drips competed for attention. I also shortened the small dark leaf. For me, the edit wins.
I had so much fun with the Paddle Plant. Three cheers for Arches paper, and its ability to take a good scrubbing. I left some of the Indigo, I was afraid to get to close, and ruin a leaf. It acts as a shadow, and I really like that. I do see one area, above the right, top leaf, where I could go back in and soften a little more.
I LOVE the way this turned out. I love the hints of dark beneath. The softness of the wash. It was a fairly thick wash, but it looks translucent. LOVE this!
Below is what was left after I scrubbed the indigo off. I also used some Winsor & Newton Turquoise in areas, and the variation in the stain is interesting. I LOVE this one as well! Crazy right? The neutrals really allow the other colors to pop. It makes me think of a tablecloth in shadow, low light.
The original has my loyalty as well. I love the dark. And the almost abstract shapes. I really appreciate everyone’s comments in the group. Thank you!
If you never change your mind, why have one? Edward de Bono
Every time I’ve made a radical change it’s helped me feel buoyant as an artist. David Bowie