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Experimenting with Watercolors

April 10, 2014



A few months ago, one of my favorite artist, Megan Lara, sold a few original watercolor paintings. Although this really isn’t something I’d normally make a post on my blog about, sans if I make a post about the art that inspires me or what hangs on my sewing room’s walls, her watercolor paintings inspired me to attempt to paint with watercolors. I tried to paint with watercolors many years ago, but that didn’t end up very well. In spite being really inspired by her art, it wasn’t until I saw Takmaj and Nicolas Jolly’s watercolor paintings on DeviantART when I finally decided I should give watercolors another try.

The first painting I did with watercolors is of a woman with red hair…

Watercolors, lead pencil, and colored pencils on watercolor paper.
Watercolors, lead pencil, and colored pencils on watercolor paper.

The picture above is a scan of the painting. The real painting looks like this…

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It turned out good, but I’m disappointed the red in my paint set was more a light red/pink than a deeper, dark red. I was hoping the red was darker, but I’m glad I know now.

Since the shading didn’t look the way I wanted it to, I dragged out my colored pencils and added some shading. I did the same thing to another painting, this time of flowers…

Watercolors, lead pencil, and colored pencils on watercolor paper.
Watercolors, lead pencil, and colored pencils on watercolor paper.

The third painting I did was of flowers again, but this time I wanted to paint the flowers and not use colored pencils for shading. This is how it turned out…

Watercolors and colored pencils on watercolor paper.
Watercolors and colored pencils on watercolor paper.

To be honest, I love this painting. Although I like all the paintings and I would like to eventually sell all of them, I’m having second thoughts about selling this particular painting. I keep going back and forth about selling it, but as of right now I’m not going to sell it.

Although I’m having trouble selling the last painting, you can buy prints of it and the other flower painting on Society6 and Redbubble. Here are the links:

Redbubble:

Society6: