Wednesday, October 13, 2010

watercolor discovery


I was inspired by this flower bouquet from the weekend ...


... when I sat down to paint it though, 
I was tripped up by my usual approach of painting shapes 
that interlock and connect without overlapping.
It just wasn't working with this many petals.
I went back in my brain to high school art class:
"paint from light to dark"
"paint from back to front"
"utilize the water for transparency"




mid-stream on the first flower,
my hands caught up with my brain.
And frustration fled as the flowers came alive.
Even though the shapes all overlap and intersect each other,
it somehow works.
The transparency gives the effect of light and shadow.


watercolor discovery


17 comments:

Elizabeth said...

They look almost transparent! Are you putting these in your etsy shop?

Lynn said...

absolutely fantabulously beautiful.

ale said...

dear kimmie!!!! your watercolour flowers are beautifulllll and the view of your lovely girl is absolutely sweet and more lovely!!mami proud!!!!!!!!!!muchos besos for both of you girls!!!!!!

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Gayle...... that,s me said...

Just beautiful....... like tissue paper layers.

Jeanie Callaghan said...

Oh, I love it! Lovely inspiration and gorgeous execution.

jeannie said...

Beautiful! have you ever done a video demonstration? I would love to watch how you create these flowers!
jeannie

La Dolce Vita said...

I am not a watercolor fan, and dislike using it myself, but I must say, this is a brilliant technique and I L. O. V. E. love this piec! well done!

bad penny said...

So very very pretty & delicate. Beautiful.
Kimmie - you have an award - pop by The Linen Shelf to pick it up

Terri Kahrs said...

Very beautiful and ethereal! Hugs, Terri xoxox

Caryl said...

Truly AMAZING.

sukipoet said...

most beautiful. wonderful too that you can remember paint light to dark, paint back to forward. I always get them mixed up. Although truthfully i had never heard paint back to forward. Anyway, I admire your watercolors very much.

Dianne said...

It's very lovely...

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

I have never tried watercolor
you certainly are inspiring Kimmie

this takes my breath away!
oxo

Halle said...

Simply beautiful!

ooglebloops said...

Tissue paper flowers - gorgeous!!!

Becca said...

Oh my gosh Kimmie! Your water color paintings are so beautiful! I really need to practice a lot more! LOL