Completed Watermedia Painting – Coneflowers

Sorry it took me long to post the completion of this painting. 

Well, here it is completed….at least for now…I’ve been known to take “finished” paintings out of the frame and do more to them….I’m obsessed with my arts…don’t know if that makes me a perfectionist or not 😀

As stated in the previous post, this is a water media painting…watercolors, watercolor pencils, on Arches professional coldpressed cotton rag paper…I swear by this paper…pricey, but excellent if you want your painting to turn out professional looking…you can usually find it on sale online quite often. 

So, in the previous post I started out with the first flower with no plans of adding much….just started as a practice….but then I got a few ideas that I found in “Birds and Blooms,” an excellent reference magazine for those who love to paint florals and birds.  I highly recommend it…but, always remember to only use magazines and other printed sources as a REFERENCE ONLY…do not copy other people’s photos, you always should do your  interpretation only and switch up your references….this is a very important rule if you want to paint professionally…it’s not nice to copy other artists, photographers, media, etc….you can get into serious copyright problems…just FYI.

So, I added the extra conflowers…and I added another floral element in the top of the painting…a lavendar element (not sure what flower that is)……a little moth was added to the one flower for a touch of whimsy 🙂  I like to whimsy things.

My background, which should have been really done in the beginning, before adding the floral subjects….doing it first, would have made it easier.  But, I have to do it the hard way 😀  Well, here’s how I did it…..I like to wet a small area at a time…..making sure that I don’t touch the already painted areas…..then I slowly add colors here and there, letting the wetness run slightly to create mottled colored areas….this is something that you have to practice at….I suggest, just trying it on a blank sheet of paper….you have to work with what amount of wetness you want and the amount of color to run to create the kind of background that you want….be careful not to over wet the paper…and here’s where you really need a good paper to experiment on because there are art papers that won’t take all of the wetness and working with a brush…cheaper papers may create a balling up of fibers when you over work it with a brush and lots of water usage….good papers can hold up to this kind of method and other methods that an artist may need to use to create their painting.

If you have any questions, I’ll be glad to answer them.

After I completed this painting, I did get to exhibit in the Geneva Ohio Grape Jamboree Art Exhibit in late September, as I mentioned in the previous post.  It did not take a prize for there where lots of beautiful paintings entered.  I did win the Gold Star Award for one of my mixed media paintings in the exhibit and it was sold, which was a blessing.  I may have to post some of my mixed media painting soon…mixed media is fun…lots of experimentation, which I love.

Well, that’s all for now.  Thanks for reading….please leave comments 🙂

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