I have been doing the Poppy Spree along with many other people around the world. It is so different to the style of painting that I usually do and I have to say, I am really enjoying it. I am definitely not a watercolour painter (Tracey can certainly attest to that) but I am determined to make it look at least half decent. For some reason my brain can't get past the leaving the light bits blank part and I always paint over them. For years I have painted in oils and lately in acrylics and with that I start dark and lighten with layer upon layer (sorry Sara Lee) and the more I tell myself not to paint the light bits the more I seem to do it.
I am a podantic painter and do heaps of little bits of strokes, all carefully orchestrated to get it just right, which takes ages and ages. I can take months, even years, to do one painting and still think it needs tweaking. So with that said, I have embarked on the free flowing watercolour paintings of poppies. At first they were quite stiff, but I have to admit, yesterday I seemed to let loose a little and really enjoyed myself. I made heaps of mistakes and it doesn't look like a perfect poppy (or even an imperfect one at that) but it is colourful.
There is one thing that is holding me back (quite a bit) and that is the materials I have at my disposal. I am painting on shiny paper and yesterday I used watered down acrylics, so the paint doesn't flow across the page as it should. The first days I used Mont Marte watercolour paper and a colour wheel and what a mess I made of that. The paint soaked into the paper as soon as I touched it and luckily I photographed it quickly as it is now a blurry mush. I am using my acrylic brushes and they don't seem to soak up the paint and flow like a water colour brush would.
I am posting these pictures to show what not to do with watercolour pictures.
This picture is of the poppies I painted yesterday on shiny paper with watered down acrylics. I think it is much better and hope to keep trying this method and see where it takes me.