Image Size 12" x 18"
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a one day workshop with Jeanne Hyland. It was really fun. If you are looking for an informative, motivating workshop, I highly recommend her as a teacher. She taught us how to work on a super saturated piece of paper. Of course, she made it look really easy. This painting is my attempt to use that technique on my own. It was a lot harder than it seemed, watching her in her workshop. As with all watercolor, it's a matter of the control of water vs. paint. I've always had a problem with that. It is the reason that watercolor is so challenging. The challenge is also the reason that watercolor is such a delight. I would be bored if painting with watercolor was easy.
I love the look of the soft edges that is achieved with this technique. I need to use non-staining colors so that I can do some lifting in future paintings. In this painting, my shadows crept into the background because my paints were too wet and since they were staining colors, I wasn't able to lift the paint. Also, because my background was the white of the paper, there was less room for error.
I do like this painting overall even with the goobers. I am excited to try this technique again. I can see that a lot of trial and error will be necessary before I am able to master this technique. Below is the painting that I did in Jeanne's workshop. It was done from one of her reference photos.
I don't think this is a good painting but I do like the soft edges and the color range within the flower.