May 29, 2014

Trying new sketchbook with a bit of paint...




Notes in my sketchbook...






When I teach watercolor I tend to need to explain how to paint, with a sketch. I should to that more often than the demonstrations I do in watercolor! Without comprehension of the basic stuff in drawing how could one paint?
I don't draw enough myself lately, something is missing when I don't...

May 18, 2014

Camellia for my students...




Tomorrow we continue our flower studies during watercolor session.
Here we have a backlit camellia; we'll try to obtain a luminous contrast against the dark background and effects of transparencies within the flower. Paper used is here of Moulin le Coq "Le Rouge", I'll try the same work on Arches to compare them both and confirm my thoughts about their differences, a good way to learn is to do the same subject several times while trying to do better and differently.
If I'm a little more satisfied soon, I'll tell you more about the process...


May 13, 2014

White tulip for my students...




Since my last post I've been a little busy and also traveling to Italy and the United States where I joined my daughter for her bachelor degree ceremony, which of course was an exiting experience for a mother like me!
From Italy I brought a few pictures I thought could be good for studies during watercolor classes. They are from the beautiful gardens of "Villa Taranto" in Verbania at Lago Maggiore. An incredible place to be, at just the right time of the year.
This watercolor painting was my first demo using my pictures from Italy as support and just an example how to render a flower. This kind of exercise is useful to understand how to render flowers volumes, so that it gets easier when it's time to paint a real flower...