Flower Demonstration


The  image below is a set up I created in my studio for a class demonstration.   Computers are a helpful tool for cropping photographs providing visual variations for future formats and compositions.

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Demonstration on Paper

The demonstration is on A’rches  CP 140# paper using transparent  and a few opaque watercolors.   Pigment was applied to damp paper in a direct approach to create soft edges.  When paper was dry darker values were added creating hard edges bringing the painting to a finished state.  The image size is 15 x 22.

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Watercolor on Canvas

This  image is a 16 x 20 canvas using the same reference set up with the exception of an added object.   The paper is 15 inches wide and the canvas is 16….just one inch in width made a difference in the composition.  To maintain unity a red clock shape was chosen for the left side adding balance along with repeating  the red flower pigment.  The background is darker than the paper image which demanded  a light value  on the left side.  The white  face of the clock provided that quiet value.   Below is the canvas painting….

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