Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New Watercolour Paintings - The Bees and the Butterflies

Bee on salvia

Painted from Sarah M's lovely photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/daftdabbler/2127038309/.

I painted this watercolour by creating a colourful background to start with and then building up the foreground with a mixture of negative and positive painting. Negative painting is where you paint in a background around shapes - I used this mainly for the leaves in this painting. Positive painting is just normal painting!
I haven't tried this sort of thing before, but I'm quite please with richness of the colours.

Painted lady


This was my first experiment with masking film. I can't believe how easy to use and brilliant it is! Much simpler than masking fluid, I just cut out the butterfly and flower shapes and stuck them to the paper. I could then go mad with a wash of colour for the background, leaving a white space to paint in the butterfly and flower afterwards.

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4 comments:

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

I have only ever used masking fluid...never even heard of the film, if you can believe that...i guess that means I've been away from watercolours for way too long!

your painting is so vibrant, so beautiful...I love it!

come check me out when you have a sec...look for my watercolours in the index...i love to meet other artists on blogs...

ciao for now

Nicki said...

Hi Cecca,

These are both great and very skilled. I absolutely love the colours and the treatment of the negative space in the bumble bee painting. It is beautiful.

Take care,
Nicki

Amanda Makepeace said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Duchess of Tea said...

Darling these are incredible, so lovely.

Duchess