Image size 26" x 18"
WatercolorI painted from this photo before but didn't like the way that one of the background blossoms was not covered by a foreground flower so I've painted it again. This time it was painted on a full size sheet of paper (22" x 30") but I've cropped it to 26" x 18". I painted it oversized so that if I do a giclee print of it on a gallery wrapped canvas, the image will continue onto the sides of the canvas. I love that contemporary look and it also makes a frame unnecessary.
The other reason I wanted to re-paint this was because I wasn't happy with the paper I used for the first one. I used resist for the white ring around the dots inside of the blossoms and the paper I used (Fabriano Artistico) was so soft that it tore when I removed the resist. I've never had that happen with any paper in the past. Have any of you had that problem with Fabriano? This time, I used Arches 300# paper. Arches can be really abused and doesn't break down. It was probably a bit more work using the 300# paper than 140# would have been but I don't have any of the Arches 140# left and I refuse to buy more paper until I've used up what I've already purchased which means that I will be using a lot of 300# Arches, Fabriano Artistico 140#, Waterford 200# and Lanaquarelle 140# for the near future. All of these papers have nice qualities but now I know not to use resist on the Fabriano. Live and learn, right?
Here is the picture of the first painting. Which do you like better?
Image size 22" x 11"