I painted some on my intuitive painting here and then decided to have another go at translating a pastel painting to watercolor.
The pastel painting above is from this post Paint and a Hike
Using the other side of a failed painting on 300# Fabriano Artistico rough, I painted without drawing, sometimes you have to jump in and see what happens. The less I worry or anticipate success or failure, the better I feel about the painting process. I quit when I started to get picky, that is a sure sign to back away and leave it alone.
The yellows are more brilliant and not as blotchy and the background with the trees is a bit lighter than it appears in the photo.
My learning points:
- I can create some blaring flower cutouts after all, it takes some softening and working with these cutouts to manipulate what I want (the yellow flowers).
- I don’t need excessive detail to convey a painting to my audience.
- The brain fills in the blanks, we all do this naturally, it keeps the viewer engaged when you leave some areas for their brains fill in, isn’t that just brainy?
- Cadmiums are valuable but use with caution, they do bring some oomph when needed but don’t bring out a shotgun (cadmium) when a .22 (transparent yellow) works better. Cad. yellow was a shotgun that I needed!