30 Posies: Violas


Yesterday you saw my loosey-goosey sketch of orange and purple pansies.

Today I am taking you through what the architect in me paints!
Seriously, there are two artists battling it out daily, and one is a very precise architect who creates phenomenal presentation drawings (examples above, from another life) and the other is the artist I struggle to be, which is much looser and spontaneous.
I hope someday I grow up to land somewhere in the middle, with some precision along with the lovely loose/spontaneous lines I love most.

But this is the architect sketching, above!
I like the line drawings, and have ideas of making a coloring book!
(Whaddya think?)
From these line drawings, I began to add watercolor.

I pause here to show a
HUGE mistake I made, a rookie mistake, and how I fixed it… One of the violas I wanted to paint was this odd pinky-red, the only “red” I’ve seen in the viola family.
I mixed the paint, first picture, and it took a couple tries as I had to get the right green to mix with the red.  (Sap Green with Perylene Red for those who want to know, though I may have added a bit of Carmine at the last minute.)  I started painting the big viola, and AAAACK!

This not-at-all-correct brown emerged, second image, above.
After I calmed down the person who was screaming (me), I realized I had not cleaned my brush completely after adding a bit more Sap Green, third image.
I cleaned it up, and this may have been where I added a bit of Carmine to the original mix, cleaned my brush again, and tested it… Perfect!

Then I set about dabbing the image to remove the surface paint as best I could.
The brown paint stained the paper a bit, so this one pansy is quite made up, with the brighter red-brown being the correct color.

Detailed images above.

My flower images are going into a very nice square watercolor
Hand Book journal, not at all my normal journal but it has nice paper.

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About dkatiepowellart

hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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