"In The Garden"
11 x 14 watercolor
I did a bunch of masking in this painting. First, I painted lightly in the hollyhocks and the delphinium and the leaves in the left hand corner. Then I painted on a mask over all the flowers and leaves very quickly, not precisely. Then I washed the whole thing with strong cobalt blue and Permanent Rose and Quinacridone Gold. I allowed the paint to run and drip by holding the piece up and even blowing on it in places. When dry, I removed the mask and proceeded to "clean up" the composition, add the tree and the bird for center of interest. It was an experiment and I thought it turned out pretty good. The bird is supposed to represent a red winged blackbird. Your comments are welcome! I love hearing from you. Hope you are having a good weekend and Happy Fourth!