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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Opaque and Textured Cornflowers

In the book "Celebrate Your Creative Self", Beam talks about when opaques surround your subject matter, it will make your subject more special.  In this painting, I drew some cornflowers on a reject painting from the "archives" and then surrounded them with light blue acrylic paint allowing the original painting to be the subject cornflowers. I tweeked some areas with glossy green and ginger acrylic paint.   Beam states that the opaques help focus attention on the subject of the painting.
This painting is 9" x 6" and is on 140 lb. Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper.

5 comments:

Dee Doyle said...

Wow!!! Wonderful! I have my "gallery in the closet" filled with archives [hah!], and I can't WAIT for my Beam book to arrive. I got a note that says it has been shipped. Am so loving your work. Hope I can do half as well ...

Barb Sailor said...

Dee...this was so much fun to do! I think we all have closets full of "archives" and there will be a multitude of opportunities to create! This project was on page 15, I think - and the example is a couple sitting on the beach. I don't know what I will do today, yet! You will love this book. I am basically a traditional watercolorist, so this is a stretch for me!

Janet said...

Barb, I love this and the other works you are doing from this book. I want it too!!! You are doing a great promotion/publicity piece for her. I wonder if my niece might be persuaded to bring it over when she visits???

Rachel Murphree said...

oh my gosh, this is really beautiful!

Tim Robinson said...

Oh, nice!