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Experimenting with pigments

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checking out pigments

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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 Other
Mary P. Murphy on

Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. This is mostly for lmfr, who's doing such a great job. Thought you'd enjoy seeing this exercise I did before starting a new painting. I was trying out different colors and I discovered that Winsor Newton Ultramarine Violet has a huge amount of granulation, so I wanted to experiment what would happen if I used it with other colors. Look at the one on the bottom left in particular -- see what happened with the blossoms? fun stuff. I took notes, and I'll stick this in my notebook for reference.

Mary P. Murphy on

Beautiful vibrancy to those colors!

12/03/2013 Flag

Mary, I've just watched the Class from start to finish. Thank you for all the tips and for sharing your knowledge! I started with graphite and ink sketching and have just been experimenting with watercolour. I find my left brain dominance wants to get a finer brush and add detail so it's a great (and challenging) exercise for me to just relax and play.

05/12/2015 Flag

Hooray, PJ. I had one teacher who would say, "Leave your brain behind." I love that -- it makes us really see what's there, not what we interpret. There's a really fun book called Painting from the Inside Out: 19 Projects and Exercises to Free Your Creative Spirit, by Betsy Dillard Stroud. She has some great ideas that might help try bigger approaches.

05/12/2015 Flag