Saturday, October 29, 2011

Collage and watercolor


Fluers de Paris  watercolor and collage on gessoed paper 11X15

I guess I still have Paris on my brain since our trip. There are the most incredible flower shops there. They display their flowers almost like they are tumbling out the door for the abundance of them. I think they must know how irresistible they are to those who pass by. The blooms are the freshest arrangements possible. My background was painted in the blues and purples then a layer of thinned gesso was applied over the top. I painted the bouquet next and when that dried I applied another layer of the gesso which I textured with bubble wrap. I started with my collage papers next, some I've made myself, some are torn from colorful napkins. The red/orange bird, also from a napkin, was added for interest and whimsy. I added watercolor here and there as I thought it was needed. If you look carefully you'll see a little Eiffel Tower to the left of the bouquet.

9 comments:

  1. I saw this on collage on my blog list and wanted to tell you , I really enjoy this kind of work when I want to relax... You've done an excellent job with this. oh and BTW. throw that Scotch caution to the wind and get yourself a ceramic palette. I'll let you all know how I like it... BJ

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  2. Very beautiful - the flowers just pop out of the page! Really interesting about gesso on top - didn't know folks did that. All in all great composition, good color contrast - wonderful result!

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  3. Thanks for your wonderful comments! Dan you should go to Myrna Wacknov's blog, she does such wild experimental things with watercolors, acrylics, and collage.
    Barbara, please do give us a review of the ceramic palette.

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  4. This is truly a fabulous work--the bird is perfect. It all is!

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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.