Tuesday, February 03, 2009



The third lesson in Marianne Brown's Watercolor by Design is on pyramidal designs. I can't decide if this fits the bill or not, but I was uncertain what to paint and yesterday while walking Itchy I found this sprig of pine with its symmetrical cones and thought it would do.
I painted the cone shapes and the background behind the needles wet-in-wet yesterday, and added darks and lines today. I think I need a little more strength, like the dark around the left cone, in the needle section, and may go back to it later.

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A Brush with Color said...

I'm going to have to seek out that book you mentioned--it sounds wonderful. Your work is lovely!

laura said...

Thank you, Sue--right back at ya!
The Gail Speckmann book, Wet-in Wet, is really good.
Of course it has, as Katerine Tyrrell pointed out in her blog post about art instruction books,like so many books, pages on materials that may be redundant for some.
But, I was just looking at her descriptions of papers last night and realized I may want to try Winsor&Newton paper, which I've never used. So maybe it's not necessarily redundant after all.

Teri C said...

It's beautiful! Looks like a great example of pyramid. It does sound like an interesting book.


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Cathy Gatland said...

This looks like pinecone fireworks - beautiful, Laura!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Wow, that is really pretty! I'm going to check out the book you are mentioning, too. I'm really inspired by your blog! Thanks for sharing.

Sherry said...

I should look at her book to see more, but I would call that sort of composition radial, or something like a mandala (circular).


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