Monday, August 27, 2007

Watercolor 2 Class - week 2

Week 2 of Kate Johnson's online watercolor class was about water, reflections, and foliage. The reference photo for this was one I took of a pond at Butchart Gardens. It was done on Arches block, hot press, 7 x 10. I absolutely love Arches blocks, but am not crazy about hot press paper. But, like many materials I don't care for, I am determined to try, try again!! This project was tedious - I used multiple layers of glazing in many areas and it was almost entirely done wet-in-wet. The foreground is supposed to be waterlily pads -- a plant I am very fond of and have not been successful (either here or on other works) at getting the foliage to look like what they are supposed to be!! On a positive note, I was pleased with the variety of greens I was able to mix - another of my weaknesses that I really worked on here.

3 comments:

caseytoussaint said...

Well done, Brenda! and don't worry - you're still way ahead of me.

Sue said...

I love it! That beautiful pink tree in the middle of the green garden is wonderful! And it's nice to see it repeated as a reflection. Very nice.

Also not to worry - I'm still behind too.

As for the foliage not looking like what it's supposed to be: a) we didn't see it so we'll never know and b) if we're going for exact duplication a camera would do the trick. (I have to keep telling myself these things too, just thought I'd share).

Nicely done!

Just Crazy About Dogs said...

Brenda you're too hard on yourself. You did a good job on the reflection in the water and the various greens. Hot press paper is nice and smooth and once you get the hang of it, you'll probably use it more and more.