Here is the final group of watercolors that I worked on during the past few weeks. I practiced a new technique for each one of them. These are also inspired by fall.
A sunflower looking to the light. With this one, I worked on shading each petal with the same colors and yet not blurring into each other. The secret to this (for me) was patience, something in short supply. I had to chose petals that didn't touch each other and let the dry, then come back and work on the non painted ones. I wanted to show movement with petals, so while they radiated from the center, they didn't all look star like, but flower like. I do like how this one came out, how the petals are embracing the center. I worked on each petal individually, shading it and then went back when it was dry and gave the petal dimension and texture. Overall, I am happy with the drawing and colors in this image.
The angle image is much larger than the others. It actually takes up a full 9x11 paper. I worked on giving the hair texture. This too, took patience, but required a mixing colors that looked blond -- not yellow. I need more work with faces, but think this is a good starting point. I think I might use this image at Christmastime.
Lastly, this image of poppies took me longer to paint than I expected. The beginning sketch was fairly easy, just some basic shapes - more like blobs for the flower heads. But, then when I wanted to shade it so that each petal was noticeable, rather than the blob that it was. So, after many, many layers of washes, I finally came up with the image that I wanted. It isn't exacting, but it is so much better than it was when it began. I have to spend more time on showing depth, but I do like the textures.