Peonies From My Garden by Mary Ercoli Walsh -watercolor 16×20″ 140 lb cold press paper
I’m not sure which I enjoy more – putzing around outdoors gardening, cutting and arranging the flowers I’ve grown, photographing them or sitting down to paint them. Hmm… I guess the answer is ALL. I enjoy the entire process, every single minute of it.
Below is the progression of this painting. Something to note is that I usual work one area at a time, my paper is usually white except for each new addition. With this painting I blocked out the lightest shades of all of the colors and then went back to darken each place that needed it. The technique is called watercolor glazing.
I know the focus is the giant flower blooms, but my favorite part of the painting is the bananas and their shadows. Funny, I debated even allowing them to stay in my composition, but I am glad I did. The shadows are just so fun and interesting.
Like a true child, as soon as I hit the half-way mark of a painting, I am already mentally thinking about what I want to paint next. It’s almost like I am frustrated with how slow my hands can work because my mind is so much faster. Luckily, I’m a grown-up and I’ve learned the importance of finishing what I’ve started and staying the course. However, the day a painting is finished I am so excited…it means I get to START all over again!!!