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Craftsy Watercolor Bouquet

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Created in this Craftsy class

Watercolor Flower Bouquet taught by Mary Murphy

Paint a vibrant floral still life with essential skills that will transfer to every watercolor work you create!

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Category Painting
Type Painting
Subject Floral
Material Watercolor
Style Realist
Lisafaye37 on

Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. I loved the bouquet of flowers, they just were not colorful enough for me. I used my watercolors on 300# block, trying to use only wet on wet. I ended up dry brushing much more than I intended. Used China white as a base of the background for the chalky look I wanted for the plaster.

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What are you most proud of? Other than the roses, which I found rather difficult in watercolor, I love the other flowers. They look quite real to me.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I found it difficult to see where the light was coming from. I know I did not use enough highlights. Something I tend to do with watercolors.

Lisafaye37 on

Lisa -- I like very much that you decided on your own approach to the reference photo and also that you decided to adapt it. The light, by the way, was coming from the top, which is a bit difficult. The astrumeria are lovely -- very nicely done. On the roses -- step back a bit and look at them as big shapes rather than a series of intricate petals. For example, a lot of times, the outer petals form almost a square or pentagon, and the inner petals often are crescent shapes. Then don't work them too much -- I like to paint them wet and then "charge" in pigment at the edges. Then just let them be. If you find yourself going at them again and again with a dry brush -- walk away for a while and come back. It looks like you took this approach to the astrumeria -- they appear to have really nice gradations of color, and they look delicate and real. You might practice roses on scraps of paper (actually, I often make cards with small flowers -- people love them). Mary

04/14/2014 Flag

I like, very nice.

04/26/2014 Flag

Very nicely done! I like how you made the vase kind of blurry, so as not to make it the focus, as well as the color shots on the table!

10/20/2014 Flag

Beautiful Lisa! I still haven't gotten that bouquet right!

11/01/2014 Flag

good job, this is beautiful!

03/16/2015 Flag