Monday, July 17, 2006

A couple of more watercolors....





Last nite I did another watercolor of the hydrangeas...I Like this one even less...what is it people say..we are our own worst critic??? Its darker than the postcard ... Okay...why two pics...do you see the postcard on the second one...this one ws supposed to be looser and freer and more white...didnt happen...but one good thing about 300 lb watercolor paper...its heavy enough you can turn it over and use it again!

The second one is one I did in the mountains of a bouquet that I bought for our hostess Miss Ille...The lilies were absolutely gorgeous and lasted forever.....more than a week...and kept blooming...Can anybody tell me WHY the white paper photographs grey??? Its not ...300lb expensive watercolor paper...strathmore??? Cant remember which one ...acid free...too lazy to get up and check...this one was done with watercolor pencil and watercolor oil pastels...fun...Guess I do need to finish the table they are sitting on...and those peaches got eaten before I could finish painting them...yuuummmy juicy and the smell was divine...

6 comments:

Melinda said...

You know... I may be crazy, but I think you are getting better. :) I love the lillies. They look incredibaly real.

Hugs,
Melinda

Shelly McC said...

Wonderful paintings of flowers!

Lin said...

OOOHHHH!!! Love the bouquet!!! Loose and luscious!

Jana Bouc said...

These are amazing. What a beautiful still life. The reason the paper photographs as grey has to do with the camera, not paper. Cameras assume that whatever is in their viewfinder will average out to grey and when there's a lot of white in an image (like snow or white paper) it turns out grey. You can fix it by either using an image editor like Photoshop or Picassa to lighten the image or you can check your camera to see if has a setting snow/beach scenes or a way to add exposure (usually marked by a plus sign) and use that when taking pictures of artwork with a lot of white. If you tell your camera to increase the exposure by a couple of "stops" the white will come out white. There's other tricks you can do too--like use a photo grey card to set the exposure. If you send me an email with the model of your camera I'll try and tell you what to do.

Ann Morrell said...

Hi as a watercolor painter always trying to recycle less than perfect pictures...you can gesso a piece of used watercolor paper and repaint on it...you will get a completely different look with your watercolors but it is really a great effect.

Marilyn said...

Both your drawings of lillies are so good. The peaches look good enough to eat.... oh that's right, you already ate them.