Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Devil Really Is In The Detail



I came but I did not conquer!

My first attempt is lacking in wildness. I was trying to show the flowers with detail as opposed to the feel. There are many ways to make your water colour mark. It just so happens that I love the medium most when it's used loosely and in lovely built up layers - and here-in lies my problem.
Our wild flowers, especially the fynbos, has much amazing detail - it's extraordinary and easy to get sucked into. (but that's for another project me thinks)

I would like to be able to 'sketch' in water colour.


probably the best bits if I look closely

Lesson to self - don't be so anal, it's better not perfect...
be patient - you do need to let the paint dry if you don't want mud
and practice hopefully does make perfect (lots of it)

It clearly is not just a case of adding water.

4 comments:

freshly found said...

Wow - You are talented! This is beautiful.

Heloise said...

Why tks kind lady - I've been hibernating for a while and waking up to a compliment is a nice way to start again :)

Tanja said...

pah - these are perfect as is. just keep painting. and maybe check out elizabeth blackadder for the way she makes loose ad hoc placements rock.

Heloise said...

Tks, i will :)