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Japanese Peony with color

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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
Subject Floral
Material Watercolor
Style Other
virtual.gretchen on craftsy.com

Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. The flower is too close in value to the background, but if I go darker, I'm afraid I will loose the buds, which are actually my favorite part in this. The central part of the flower -- orange and green -- doesn't feel related to the rest of it, and whereas in the value study that center at least seemed physically attached, here it seems to be on a different plane or backwards. The flower also looks (and is) overworked. (And I never could figure out from the photo what is happening with the back petals, so in frustration I finally just eliminated part.) And Mary thank you for your previous suggestions for how to avoid glaring splotches; I wet the background first and used a lovely large flat wash brush. That went reasonably well until the purple began to flood in from the gummed edge left from the prior value study and I tried to "fix" it.

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Is the piece for sale? No

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No, just photos at this point. I finished an MFA at RISD when I was 30, then followed an odd path into philosophy. Hmm, is it possible to post images here that aren't part of a class?

05/05/2015 Flag

Yes. You can just post a project, I will find it under your name. The art is the best thing you can do now. I had my battle with cancer as well. Doing art really helped. I was doing Chinese brush painting while going through treatments. Focus but allow yourself freedom. My heart is with you.

05/08/2015 Flag

This is beautiful!

02/05/2016 Flag

Thank you Circumpor! It's so easy for me to see what is wrong with it and not see what is likable.

02/05/2016 Flag

Even though its good to be our own worst critic, very often, what bugs us the most about our work is what others might greatly admire. Your work is beautiful and I will always pray for your good health.

02/05/2016 Flag

Thank you again!

02/05/2016 Flag