I learn something every time I put brush to paint to paper. I see on this one that the yellow should have gone down first and should be on the left side of the cacti as that is where the light is coming from. I could also paint some shadows and create a horizon so they aren't just floating in space.
I had this image in my mind during meditation this morning and wanted to create green cacti by putting the yellow on one side and the blue on the other and letting them mix in the middle.
For the background I just splashed down (wet into wet) purple, yellow, and red.
A friend asked me to show her some drawing techniques. We did some warm up exercises working with lines and ovals and hatching and scaling. Then we copied this stained glass pattern - freehand - from a book I had and played with watercolor pencils. This is the result.
This is the painting from yesterday's sketch. I darkened some spots with the pencils afterward and added a little bit of detail. It may need some more work. I would like the flower to be a darker red but I also don't want to lose the white reflections.
Believe it or not, this began as study of a weeping cherry tree with pink blossoms. How did it end up as a clump of ornamental grasses on a pathway? It's what happens sometimes. I am not proud of this one but it gets posted here anyway. The good with the bad.
This is the result of the watercolor class this morning. The paper is handmade and practically did the work for me. We worked on facial proportions. She didn't start out to be a goddess but she looked like one to all of us in the class.
A goddess will present herself!
This handmade paper is glorious to work on. Luci, the instructor, very generously gave it to me to use as she likes for me to paint on larger sheets of paper than I have.
Playing with the General Pencil watercolor pencils (they are great!) that I recently won. And one of the charcoal pencils that was in a sample pack. Burnished the charcoal with a spoon. I hate the dust.