Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Studies of water

These are a few small watercolors, which I did in order to study painting water and reflections in water.

The geese in the willow pond are done entirely wet-in-wet with quite thick paint. I mostly let the paint spread by itself on the wet paper, but also did some dabbing for the horizontal lines at the bottom half while it was all wet.
 

The red boat I like the most. I first painted the water wet on dry. Added a few ripples while wet. Then let it dry completely before painting the boat and its reflections.


And the rowing boat, the same view as in the previous post, I did in a mixture of wet and dry with much dabbing, so the colors got muddy. i started with this one and I like it the least.



12 comments:

Rita Vaselli said...

How much preparatory work is always behind the scenes ... Congratulations on your "reflections" of water and watercolor,Blaga!

Judy said...

Great idea to do studies of water! I think they are all very successful!

Michael Bailey said...

These aren't just excellent studies, Blaga. They are also lovely paintings in their own right. I like the geese best:)

Isabelle said...

tout l'art de l'aquarelle se retrouve dans tes petits exercices.j'aime particulierement le premier

Blaga said...

That's true, Rita, preparation often takes longer than the actual painting, doesn't it? Thank you!

Thank you, Judy!

Thank you, Michael! While I was doing the geese one, it seemed like a big mess. But it turned into quite a convincing pond. A good lesson!

Merci beaucoup, Isabelle!

Jane said...

You really kept the white of the geese in a fantastic way even though you made it all wet in wet, wonderful work ! And the reflections and the ripples of water in all of them is just fantastic ! Nice to hear about your procedures.

renate said...

Hello Blage:) This is good stuff! Love the geese best but the others are great too! You past the examens:) Very nice!

Watercolorist said...

Reflections are not easy but you have done a great job. It takes lots of practice.
Jean

Blaga said...

Well, Jane, I would not have been able to preserve those whites without masking them. I'm not that good :) Thank you, for your comment!

Thank you, Renate! I just thought I'd look at a more systematic approach and learn what result to expect with the different techniques.

Thank you, Jean! True, it takes practice and also experimenting on a smaller scale.

Tito said...

Great reflections Blaga, they are not easy to paint, but you did it perfectly! Ciao!

JANE MINTER said...

you've done a great job ..love the strength no 1 ..red boat is lovely

Elvi said...

Bellissimi tutti, e che riflessi stupendi. Sei diventata bravissima. Elvi