Last January I was seeing quite a few paintings featuring white flowers. It seemed to be a January "thing" and I wanted to try a bouquet with white flowers. I was going to buy a bunch and try a watercolor from life but I didn't get it done. Now January 2014, in the online watercolor class instructed by Vinita Pappas (Create 38), her demo for the month was a floral which turned out beautifully. I needed the push with a deadline to finally try a floral from life. I bought a pretty bouquet at Trader Joe's that had some white daisies with dark centers which really appealed to me. It was fun to paint and I should try this more often.
It came to mind, that in addition to my current plein air painting, maybe I haven't tried a watercolor floral from life after all of the flowers I painted when I was illustrating greeting cards. The watercolor flowers I painted for the cards were usually pretty detailed. The whole card with calligraphy, which I did first, then painted the illustration, took quite a long time, many hours. All of the petals, leaves, and stamens were outlined with a crow quill pen first, then painted. The complete opposite way of painting that I'm doing now. Both were fun though! I'll add a scan of just a few of the many many cards I painted featuring flowers. You see the difference!
|8 x 10" watercolor|
|Seller's Publishing, and Renaissance Greeting Cards|