I must be getting brave. I spent an afternoon at a painting get-together at a friends house the other day and tried a flower study..... in watercolor!!!
. Since it was extremely hot outside we all sat inside and brought flower cuttings in with us.
Painting Get-togethers are one of the best ways to practice new approaches. You are surrounded by fellow artists, you get plenty of help and suggestions. It's a great way to soak up some encouragement if you are at a low point with your art and best of all when ever artist friends get together.... you eat well!
I started another study of a rose in watercolor back at home. Here's my drawing. I find that sketching always takes a me while to do, Always longer than I expect, with results that don't always seem worth the effort. But it is probably the best practice I can do to improve every aspect of my art. To me, sketching seems to connect me with that core artist inside. I think it has something to do with the concentration of sketching being different than the focus during painting.....Or maybe it's just my artist's brain getting a work out. Either way I find sketching very much like a meditation.
It is a funny thing, after many years of just wanting to get to the painting, I am only now just learning the value of the sketch..... I know,I know... I'm a slow learner.
I thought it would be fun to paint the exact same thing in oils. and see how the results differ. So I traced my sketch and transferred it to a canvas board.
Here's the watercolor study. I am still having a hard time getting the colors I want. Pinks seem to be the hardest color to try and match.
oil on board
I had just as much trouble with the pinks in oils. So it isn't the medium, ...it's the artist!
oh I agree, it is great to get together with artists! Your progression from sketch/watercolor to oil is really interesting--and good! I'm in favor of this. I do some watercolor every week. You look to know what you are doing. I don't take it very seriously....your post makes me think I should!
I think you did a great painting this flower.
This was very helpful to me as I am dealing with the same situation. The 'pinks' in red roses are driving me nuts!
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