Monday, March 31, 2008

magnolias

(15x22, detail)

(11x15)

I always get so caught up in the fascinating shapes of magnolia petals--they change hour by hour too!--and the shadows thereon, that I lose sight of the whole picture, figuratively and literally.
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8 comments:

Dana Jones said...

Just beautiful! I am not a watercolorist, but I think the hardest part would be knowing you cannot paint over your mistakes and try again. I just love the translucent effects though, and your choices of color to define shadows are excellent!

shicat said...

I love your watercolors.What brand of paint do you use? I especially love the pthalo colors? thank you for sharing all of your awesome paintings.

Mineke Reinders said...

Beautiful again! I love your magnolias, they are so colorful and lively, your washes are lovely! Can't wait for our magnolia to bloom, but spring is slow this year.

Don said...

I scrolled up and down for ten minutes this evening and admired everything you have posted. I especially am drawn to your forsythia. It must be that they mark the warming of the days after this long winter.

laura said...

You actually can do more "correcting"in watercolor than people think; though, in my opinion, it's usually not a good idea--you lose the freshness that is so pleasing in watercolors. I guess you just have to adjust your idea of what a "mistake" is, or isn't!
Hi Shicat: I like your name! I use all different brands, but I do like Holbein's blues, and Suzanne at Landscape into Art recommended M. Graham's (available at Dick Blick) cobalt, which is a really stunning, pure blue!
Thanks, Mineke. Our spring seems to be receding--it's so cold here!

laura said...

Hi Don. Thanks for taking the time to view and comment! I'm so flattered you liked what you saw, especially since I love your work so much! I like the forsythia too--something about the simplicity and all the negative space appeals to me; I painted them without drawing first, which sometimes works out really well.

laura said...

Thought I had started my first comment below with "Hi Dana" ...
In too much of a rush to get to my comment! So, for politeness' sake: Hello Dana!

Sandy said...

Your watercolors are beautiful, so delicate.. Love the style.

sandy

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