Sunday, April 17, 2011

Quick Nasturtiums

                                       Nasturtiums, watercolor, 7x7

A fellow artist brought a little vase of nasturtiums from her garden for a still life painting. I decided to join her in painting them. I set up a larger painting and while I was waiting for the background to dry I did a couple of quick paintings for practice and to get the feel of the flowers. This is the first of the two paintings and I think the better of the two. I did it in three stages, the initial loose laying in of color and form with no drawing first, after that dried I added some darker areas in the flowers. Lastly a few shadows. I didn't want to loose the freshness by getting too detailed. It's always interesting to me that these little warm ups, or less serious paintings turn out to be so pleasing. I need to do more of these small quick paintings, I really enjoy them.

5 comments:

  1. Beautifully loose and so lovely.

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  2. oh those oranges and blues ,,, made for each other ... love it... did you ever get that copyright thingy?

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  3. Oh, am I in another world.?? Yes I see the icon.. DUH!

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  4. I really like this one....there is a place at the bottom flower, the big leaf and the vase that is especially nice. The painting is very fresh and clean...very good!

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  5. I have to agree that "fresh" is the word. So spontaneous and joyful. It matches your personality! I love the colors.

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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.