I’ve loved carrying on with my experiments with Roses. In between painting larger pieces of differing subject matter, I keep returning to small sketches of roses, each time trying something new, introducing different colours and alternative ways of laying washes to achieve different effects.
For anyone, like me, who can feel frustrated when a watercolour experiment “goes wrong” or turns muddy, it can help to remember that in this instance, it is indeed a learning exercise. From a small play session resulting in a disappointing watercolour, a seed may grow – even from just the smallest shape or fusion of colour. In a way, it’s probably a really good idea to really let your hair down and try unusual colour combinations, spray water, tip the paper, watch the paint run, allow back-runs, add water to drying paint, lift colour…..the possibilities are endless. Just enjoy the process and watch.
I still haven’t finished with my “play” with roses and my next session will be to really study the petal shapes and shadows between petals. I am veering towards trying to use some warm and cool colours, possibly complimentary.
Let me know if you are painting Roses too, I’d love to hear how you get on….