So glad that you are visiting my blog; if you haven't been here in the last few days, please scroll down a few screens to see the first steps in the process of creating the painting "Exuberance" which is one of two paintings that has moved to the third level of judging in the World Watercolour Competition sponsored by The Art of Watercolour magazine published in France.
So to continue:
Painting the Tulips Reflected in the Mirros
I decided that I would paint the reflected tulips first so that I could better judge how saturated and warm the "live" tulips would need to be. And also, I couldn't wait to paint them!
Am I Done Yet!
I liked the abstract shapes under the tulips but the color combination just did not work, even though in theory (and planning) it sounded good. So I made the decision to change the gold on the right corner to dark red, and add a dark red strip to the gold band on the left.
Not the end of the story, though. The day this painting arrived back at my studio from the Rhode Island Watercolor Society's National Exhibition, I took one look and removed it from the frame. I spent a few hours removing the white line that you see to the middle left of the painting. It was the edge of the mirror and it had seemed like a good idea to include it. But there is nothing like a fresh eye to make an error pop out at you. The line drew the eye right to it, which was definitely not good design.
It wasn't just a case of painting over the white line. I softened each edge, and then repainted each shape in the mixture of colors that I had originally used.
Here's the final painting:
It is never too late to make a change! I hope that you agree that the painting was improved with the loss of the line.
Next time I'll show you the process of creating "Tea and Sushi", the other painting that is continuing in the World of Watercolour Competition.
Hope you'll come back, and please do leave comments or questions. I'd love to hear from you!