Playing with Flowers

Like most places in New York I am dealing with another dreary winter day filled with gray skies with ice & snow covering the ground. A perfect day to spend time in the studio playing with watercolor and painting flowers.

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This was a painting I began quite some time ago. I was not happy with the results so I took it to the sink and washed it to remove the paint. I gently scrubbed the surface of the paper with a very soft toothbrush. [ I am doing this on Arches paper ] When completely dry I reworked the painting and now I’m liking the flower shapes & colors. It has mostly hard edges but the flow of pigment gives it a soft feel.

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This painting has mostly soft edges. I painted it entirely wet in wet allowing the paint to mix on the paper. It’s fun to drop pigment on damp paper and watch what happens. A great way practice your control of water to pigment ratio. Too much water and the paint spreads too fast and colors are diluted. Not enough water and the paint can’t move & flow on the paper.

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What we consider failures can become great learning & practice pieces. Search through your old art and find some of what you feel are your failures and rework them. Take risks and try new techniques. Let the fun begin!

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Paint with Me

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~ by Lorraine Rimmelin on February 5, 2014.

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