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Columbine
4" x 6"
Blick Artists' Watercolor
Canson Montval cold press (Not surface) watercolor block.
Photo references from Artist's Photo Reference: Flowers by Gary Greene, changed dramatically. I painted this entirely from the negative space and then today used a little of the mixed background color to shade in a grisaille, then glazed over with Lemon Yellow on the stamens and stems, Hookers Green on the stems, English Red and Alizarin Rose on the petals. It took about three stages and they're all posted on WetCanvas.com.

I used up some dark greenish color that I had mixed with the wrong blue and Burnt Umber for the Bob Davies thunderstorm one -- used Ultramarine instead of Pthalo Blue so it came out wrong. It was still a beautiful color and a strong wash with a lot of good artist grade paint so I let the palette dry and then used it up on this background. I managed to get that pan of the plastic palette completely clean, which was great. Usually the plastic palettes stain nastily and I hate that, but the little folding one is good about it.

The big leap on this painting was that I didn't sketch it. At all. I painted the outlines with the background color and imagined the sketch on the paper, including changing the photo references dramatically in my head while looking at them. So that's a subtle mental-skills triumph. I gave Twila the original, she really loved it and I have too many little paintings up on my walls.
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