Soon people will start to hang beautiful wreaths outside their entrance door to welcome the advent season. Time for me to do the same by painting one.
I liked particularly the colours of this Autumnal wreath taken from a reference photo and chose to use them plus a bit of crimson to paint the wood panel behind. I put some gesso onto the watercolour paper to obtain the wood grain effect and applied several layers of watercolour washes . I originally thought of putting in the middle something Christmassy like a snowman but after second thoughts, the contrast of the sleek leaves with the grainy wood looked interesting enough and it would have been to heavy to add something else. So here you are …. a simple wreath of golden leaves on a wood panel.
While I was applying different washes on some watercolour paper and without preliminary drawing, I could see the outline of an angel appearing through the layers. So to make it more readable I emphasized its contour by painting it negatively .Then all I had to do was to add the branches of a fir tree and a bauble to finish off the Xmas theme. I like the somewhat stylized shape of this angel which makes it special and different from the traditional looking ones..
Blue flowers in a green and red fantasy background using positive and negative painting technique.
I had great fun painting this semi abstract mixture of Autumn leaves. I used a lot the negative painting technique. Marina from the Hangar Art Centre gave me one of the pictures she had to work on. Autumn leaves was the theme of the day. I started with an outline of some of the leaves and then I just made up the others without planning… The end result is completely different from the picture..and I hope you like it !
This is going to be my Xmas card for this year in Valbonne with Father Xmas serving a Xmas pudding to one of his customers.
When the weather is sunny people have lunch outside even in winter !
I will have this design printed in a postcard format (with envelope) which will be available for sale at the English Book Centre in Valbonne from next week.
I had fun testing the elegant writer pen doing a painting of a dog inspired by Karlyn Holman. This pen gives 2 colours when you apply water once your drawing is done.
Watercolour can be used as well as pure water to mix different colours with this special ink.