with Karlyn Holman
Flowers – Going Beyond Realism
This lesson is a balance of negative and positive painting. Blending the background with your subject or blending one shape into another will add variety to your composition. A lot of this relationship is actually a spontaneous and intuitive process. Just let it happen. This first lesson will focus on semi-abstraction. My love for realism and my love for abstraction comes together in this lesson. To begin, study your subject and decide on the shapes, colors and textures you want to use in your painting, Some parts of the subject may be painted more realistically and other parts may be more abstracted. Push and pull the tension to arrive at a semi-abstract interpretation. This lesson allows us to focus on the elements of design and to express ourselves in a very personal way.
The key focus in this lesson is the balance of negative and positive painting and lost and found edges. We are trying to capture the essence of a flower, both familiar and sometimes made up. We will start with a spontaneous, free underpainting and later try to pull in a bit of realism.
We will push and pull this tension to arrive at a semi-abstract interpretation. Blending the background with our subject or blending one shape into another will add variety to our composition. A lot of this relationship is actually an intuitive process. So, just let it happen. This lesson will focus on semi abstraction. My love for realism and my love for abstraction comes together in this lesson. To begin, study your subject and decide on the shapes, colors and textures you want to use in your painting, Some parts of the subject may be painted more realistically and other parts may be more abstracted. Push and pull the tension to arrive at a semi-abstract interpretation. This lesson allows us to focus on the elements of design and to express ourselves in a very personal way.
1. This lesson starts with a wet into wet underpainting. While the surface is wet, take some risk and add BRUSHO and salt and even throw some sprinkles of water onto the surface. This breaks up the surface and makes it possible for you to find floral shapes. Just for fun, cut up wax paper and let it drop onto the wet surface. Taking some risks in this early stage will result in these lovely textural surprises. Let this underpainting dry.
2. Begin finding your flowers and either draw in those shapes with an HB pencil or negatively paint around the shapes. The biggest challenge is that you do not paint around the entire shape. This will kill the fresh look you are trying to attain. Select about three places to define the flower and leave the other sides without definition.
3. When you paint the flowers keep the petals light against the dark background and paint the petals dark against the light background. Leave much of the background as the underpainting, try not to overwork your composition. Remember we are trying to only capture the essence of flowers and leave some of the areas as abstraction.
4. The final touch is to add your darkest darks. Remember to not overdo this path of dark, just get in and get out and lose the edges.
Negative Painting with Morning Glories
Negative painting of Morning Glories. The intertwining leaves make this flower perfect for learning negative painting.
This painting starts with a drawing on Arches 140# paper using an HB pencil, (in your gift bag). The paper is then wet on both sides and colors are selected that do not move in water. I used Aureolin yellow, Permanent rose and manganese blue.
When dry, draw in more shapes and paint around your drawn foliage with a mid tone green color, I used quinacridone gold and Antwerp blue.
When dry, draw in more foliage shapes and paint around these shapes with a darker value green using Quinacridone burnt orange and Antwerp blue.
Paint flowers by wetting half of the flower and adding quinacridone rose and French Ultramarine blue. Move the color so it mimics the shape of the flower. When dry do the other side.
At the very end, paint in some positive shapes.
The entire focus of this lesson is negative painting by layering transparent watercolor.
Still Life with Roses
This lesson starts with a still life of red roses in three glass containers. Karlyn will draw the composition with a Kimberly watercolor pencil and share some techniques for free hand drawing.
1. She will use a different watercolor pencil drawing for her painting. The painting starts by wetting both sides of the paper with a hake brush. Slowly pull water over the watercolor pencil lines to activate the black color.
2. Color is then charged onto the wet surface. A sprayer is essential to keep the paper wet and the colors moving. Color sanding may take place while the paper is wet.
3. After the under-painting dries, colors may be enriched and adjusted. Be careful to not lose the loose wet into wet look.
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