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All That Glitters

Posted in art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , on September 28, 2017 by sebland

This week I’ve been playing with various backgrounds to see how my lilies look surrounded by white space, foliage and now gold acrylic. I’m fascinated at the effect of green watercolor over gold, then blotted away, giving a lacy appearance. I’m going to play with this idea. That’s what it’s all about: “What if?”  This painting  is available at my new gallery, (http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/755881)

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How Green Grow Your Lilies?

Posted in art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , , on September 27, 2017 by sebland

imagePainting white flowers on a white background can be a challenge. Add to that, white paint is not a part of a watercolor palette, so I’m spending a little time experimenting with various ways to make my lilies speak for themselves. How’s about those greens? I challenge my students to reserve the white in various ways, whether it be masking fluid, resist or background color. We’ll try several ideas in the studio and see what happens.  By the way this piece is available!

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME

Posted in art, How to Paint, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , on August 22, 2017 by sebland

image.jpegSometimes you just have to trust your intuition. I’ve been wanting to paint a rose up close and personal. When I began, I was afraid it wouldn’t work out. I had a beautiful blob but it did not resemble a rose! I tell my students to trust themselves and don’t give up, so decided to follow my own advice. After a while the petals began to reveal themselves little by little. I’m glad I stuck it out. A rose is a rose, after all!

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