Here I am painting negative shapes to create the illusion of depth behind the leaves and stems. This is a wet into wet process, with the thought of negative shapes around the leaves and stems in the furthest background, paint in the transparent yellow and then I drop in the mixture of burnt sienna, winsor green (bs) and winsor blue. Yum! it is the best combination. The background is fun to paint and I know it will be a great lesson, so in May I will be teaching this in a 3 day workshop.
Now I am moving into the background to paint the stems;
I glazed the stem with a transparent yellow while the pigment is wet, I then add in pure burnt sienna, to enhance some of the reds in the stem. For the shadow side of the stem a mixture of winsor green (blue shade) and burnt sienna. The light side and dark side will help create the roundness of each stem.
The third iceland poppy I painted in the gray shadows and now I am gently painting in the pistils with transparent yellow and a hint of quinacridone gold. And the center is a mixture of Winsor Green (blue shade) and Permanent Alizarin Crimson.
The iceland poppy is taking form, added the yellow using transparent yellow over the grays all ready painted in. Also painted the dew drops. For the poppy in shadow I glazed the petals with a mixture of permanent alizarin crimson and thalo blue
Step one of my Iceland Poppies - I am beginning with the stems working to keep the highlight and shadows. The stems are painted with transparent yellow, and while the stem is wet I dropped in the dark shadow pigment, winsor green (blue shade) and burnt sienna mixture. The leafs are a funny shape when painting them I think of a cartoon characters hand.
I am a watercolorist and author my work has been published in numerous books and magazines including American Artist Watercolor featured
on the front cover, Watercolor Magic, The Artist's Magazine,
North Light's Splash 8 - Watercolor Discoveries, and Splash 10 - Passionate Brush Strokes and the more recent "Stunning Crystal and Glass" published by North Light Books, and my
DVD Video "Stunning Crystal and Glass". I am also the co-host
to an award winning instructional television program "Art 2 Art" view on
In 1987 I attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco focusing my studies on illustration, during my
time at the Academy of Art I discovered watercolor and
fell in love with this medium and became a full time watercolorist and instructor. From 1991 to 2001 she opened an art school of her own, "Emerald Lake Art Academy", in
Redwood City, California. In 2002 I concentrated on developing a new technique in watercolor, painting from dark to light, and have found that my students thrived on this unique technique, and could see there paintings develop quicker.