I am absolutely thrilled with this piece, I am at the finish line. Now that this piece is almost complete I will now live with it for a bit, and find the areas that will be needing a little detail and glazing. I hope to have this accomplished by next week. It will be going into the gallery for sale. Makes me a little sad to put a price tag on this painting, I know it will find a good home.
For the sky I had decided that I wanted it to be dark blue at the bottom to a gradated light thalo blue at the top. How can I get an even flat wash, painting around the stems, and background poppies. I thought masking? No way, today Guy Magallanes showed me the coolest technique, you can teach old dogs new tricks! Using this is the result of the darkest value of my sky, tomorrow I plan on finishing the sky with a thalo blue wash.
The orange poppy is just about complete, with dew drops and all! The dew drops were time consuming but well worth the time. I will detail a little bit more but not until I have the painting near completion. For the orange poppy I used quinacridone gold and permanent rose.
Now for the upper half of the painting, thinking about the background, I think I would like to frisket over the flowers and stems and create a beautiful blue sky, my advisor Guy says this would really work well for this setting. The reference photo has brick work and lawn, too much detail, think I will listen to Guy on this one.
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.