Friday, March 26, 2010

Lesson 66 Calla Lilies - Negative Painting

This lesson was inspired by a project in Karlyn Holman's book, Watercolor - the Spirit of Spontaneity. The idea was to begin with a wet in wet underpainting and to superimpose flower shapes. We tried actually cutting out calla lily shapes and positioning them on the underpainting. We traced around these shapes and painted the background in darker to define the flowers. Here are a few of the results:

Kazuyo painted around her shapes with washes that matched the underpainting so that her flowers almost appear transparent.

Karen painted her background much darker but the initial painting still shows in the flowers.

Emily's flowers have an ethereal feel.

Lavonne began with a textured background and warm colors.

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