White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN (map)
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Color & Design in Watercolor
September 16-18, 2020
Central Minnesota Watercolorists
St. Cloud, Minnesota

Lisa’s step by step process will put you at ease as you learn how to loosen up and feel confident in approaching a watercolor painting. Learn how to paint a realistic watercolor landscape painting from the planning stages to completion while focusing on the design principles. Lisa will also show you how to fix and finish old paintings that you feel have not been successful. Personal critiques will help guide you through the process with ease.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Roses Watercolor

Start with these reference images:

For this painting we will be doing a wet into wet technique. Wet the entire paper with clean water. If you are working on a board you will have to staple, tape, or bulldog clip your piece of paper to the board.

Start to drop on local color in the areas where your roses will be placed - let your colors mingle and mix on their own. Use a variety of shapes and sizes. Show a placement of where the vase will be placed. While the pigment is still wet use a piece of a credit card and start to carve out shapes, using your value study as a reference. Let dry.

Using middle values start to build up the roses and leaves, indicating their shapes by their values. Show stems in the glass vase, soften the edges while the pigments are still wet. Let dry.

The last wash will be using our darkest values. One of the roses should be larger than the other to be the center of interest. Place your darkest dark next to your lightest value to make that flower stand out. Add some interest by adding detail to the leaves.