Wednesday, March 26, 2008

forcing

(5x7)

Rhododendron and forsythia twigs I brought in to force, and root, I hope.
Now I have to force myself to go back to work: deadlines loom, but it's so nice out that spring fever is distracting me!
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8 comments:

Bill Evertson said...

Beautiful studies! From your last post comments regarding finished/unfinished - I think in art it depends on the artists temperament. Certainly, some of the works you call unfinished, I find complete. I guess, in general, I've ruined more pieces by trying to return and add something.

Dana Jones said...

very beautiful watercolors.
Glad I happened upon your blog.

laura said...

Thanks, Bill. You're right about temperament I think; it does seem a highly personal call. Sometimes when I see other people working and reworking a painting, I think, Why? And I too have ruined many a quick impression by pushing it too far.
Thanks for commenting, Dana; I'm glad you happened by too.

Mineke Reinders said...

Wonderful! I love these both. You have such a sure touch with these flowers. The colors in the rhododendron are just exquisite!

laura said...

Thanks, Mineke. Like many watercolorists, at least judging from the angst in my classes, I have trouble with greens--making them natural and varied. In the rhodo sketch, I let the other colors--magenta, yellow, sienna--run into them, which really helped with both problems!

Sarah said...

Yellows are hard too, well at least for me in watercolor. I was taught by Mary Alice Wimmer, you might like her work. She does photorealistic watercolors, here's a link: http://www.toryfolliard.com/painting/Mary-Alice-Wimmer.shtml

Good luck with your watercolors, they are looking great!

Sarah said...

I think that cut off my link but you can always google her name, you won't be disappointed :)

laura said...

Thanks for the link Sarah. Yellow's a problem for me too! Particularly darkening or adding shadows to it.

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