Sunday, April 12, 2009

White Azalea

Today is Easter...
a beautiful sunny day...
a day to enjoy the beauty of God's world around us.

For this painting, I used a masking fluid to mask
out the entire flower. Then I painted the
background with a wet-into-wet technique.
Removing the mask can sometimes be a daunting task,
but it's always nice to see the clean white area
of the paper to begin painting
the flower.
Also, sometimes it's difficult to paint the white
flower without using any white paint.

9 comments:

Cecelia said...

Beautiful. I love watercolors, but I'm trying to do more oil painting. Probably more demand. I've had more people tell me, "I would buy that if it were an oil painting!" No amount of education seems to help. My sister started paiting in oils, so I'm not doing so much wc right now. Love the medium, though.

Anonymous said...

Carolyn...your azaleas are stunning! The white one came out great! We have hybiscus (sp?) here.. very similar I think...you inspire me to try painting some! Happy Easter! deni......;)

Linda said...

Wonderful azaleas!

Alex said...

your flowers are always bursting with realism :)

Sandy said...

Gorgeous! White is so hard to hold - Great job here.

Revelle said...

Just beautiful. I have been enjoying all of your flower paintings! I was wondering where you were that your azaleas were already blooming. North Carolina! Lucky you!. Up in NH we only have crocuses (is that a word?) so far!
Revelle
http://revelleimagemaker.blogspot.com/

Carolyn said...

Thanks for all of your great comments...they inspire me to keep working. I do live in NC...about midway between Raleigh and the coast in Kinston. Our weather is usually pretty good. Lately we've been have spurts of cold weather and even some frost...and it's burned a lot of the dogwood blossoms. The azaleas seem to do okay with the cold weather.

PAK ART said...

beautiful white flower. It is hard to "paint" the whites using just the bare paper. Shading is hard when it's just a darker white. I'm still trying to learn that. In winter scenes it's easier because shadows can be blue, lavender, etc.

Carolyn said...

Thanks, Pak Art...even in warmer weather, I can still see the blues and violets in the shadows...and I see yellows in the highlight areas...especially when the sun is bright. I don't use any white paint in my watercolors. I try to accent the white by the other colors I use.