Sunday, May 16, 2010

Work In Progress

On Friday,we had our Watercolor Club Luncheon. Our demonstrator was Sue Connor. I've taken classes from her, so you've all heard about her. I thought I had seen it all, and was over it, but her demo sent me right to the studio! Here's what's going on:

First, I tore shapes out of sheets of Crepe Paper. I attempted to do Iris - since that was her demo (and gorgeous, I might add!). These shapes were then attached with water to wet paper, along with some surgical gauze. While wet, I added color all over the paper, using yellows first, then adding green made up of different blues with various yellows. Then splattering on some Rose and Sienna. I'm using half sheets of 140 lb Cold Press Arches - she used Hot Press. Then, they were laid out in the sun to dry!

When they were dry, off came the crepe paper and the gauze. Believe it or not, I intended to make Iris' - but as I was negatively painting into the shapes, it became quite clear that instead of an Iris, I had a Butterfly! So, butterfly it is!
Now, I'm trying to find flower shapes for the rest of the painting - I've found a few, but I have a lot more to go! Hopefully, I'll be posting the finished painting in the next few days. Then, I just have to do it again to the companion piece! (Kinda feels like knitting that elusive second sock)! Stay tuned!


Autumn Leaves said...

Fabulous colors, Nancy. I think I can see flowers too! Can't wait to see what you end up with!

Barb Sailor said...

What lovely, interesting texture. I can't wait to get some crepe paper so I can try this. Looking forward to seeing the finished painting.

Christine said...

Isn't that amazing? I love it! what a creative woman that must be to come up with such a cool technique! I love the colors you chose. fabulous!

Barbra Joan said...

Nancy, I'm checking up on you and loving what I'm seeing. I'll be back soon ..