Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pansy No. 3

I wanted to try another pansy just for practice. I did this one on an ACEO card (2 1/2 by 3 1/2). I should have quit after about 10 minutes when I thought it looked good, but I can't leave the paint alone--I have to keep fussing with it. I like the colors though.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Pair of Pansies

Here's another try at pansies. I thought maybe I would have better luck with a different paper so I used Arches 140 lb. hot pressed. It was a little tricky getting the paint to diffuse like it does on cold pressed but eventually I got used to it. It came out almost photorealistic with the smooth surface. Not sure if I like the hot pressed, but when I use the cold pressed again I'm going to try to be more creative and just let the watercolor paint do it's thing. I really have a hard time using my imagination and producing something more impressionistic. I find myself just reverting to my old realistic style most of the time. I probably need to take a workshop someday. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013



When I wrote the post title the first time, I wrote "painsies."  It must have been a subconscious slip of the fingers. I took a break from finishing my second painting of Emma and thought I would do something simple, like a pansy. Pansies are not as easy as they look, at least not for me. I wish I could do them as well as a painter I found on Daily Paintworks; her name is Tatsiana Mikhailova and her blog is This is another one to put on my re-do list.