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January 23, 2011 January 24, 2011

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:02 am
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Big day yesterday of trying to paint while watching football. I have not created an ATC (artist trading card) for several months so I decided to do one with a poinsettia as the subject. I painted it using the aquabrushes and the S&W pencils for the first step. I created a gray (grisaille) underpainting. I have never done this and did not really know how it would work but it turned out OK. There was more texture and detail than you can see in this scan.

Poinsettia ATC - Step 1

I painted the ATC in layers starting with the aquabrushes and watercolor crayons. I could not get deep, rich color so I embellished with colored pencil, marker and even a few strokes of Winsor Red.

Poinsettia ATC

I have learned to use whatever it takes to make the painting “right”.

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11 Responses to “January 23, 2011”

  1. lesliepaints Says:

    I love this, not only because the end result is beautiful, but because you used whatever-it-took to accomplish the goal. I find that that is the most fun of all, having a bag of techniques and supplies to be able to s0ar. it seems to make all those hours spent exploring and going to workshops so worthwhile! Lovely, Linda!

  2. Scott Miller Says:

    Linda : I love your Bamboo #2 watercolor. I would like your permission to use it on a flyer for my radio show “Just This” which can be heard on http://www.kmecradio.org Sunday evenings at 7 pm Pacific Standard time. I play spiritual music in the advaita or non-dual spiritual tradition. Naturally some of it eastern music and some Buddhist chants. And there are an increasing number of western singer-songwriters singing about their awakening spiritual experiences as well. Would you entertain this idea? What compensation and acknowledgment would you consider appropriate?

  3. Kathy Says:

    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. It’s been a pleasure to visit your website and beautiful work.

  4. wow. aloha Linda. i have to say i really like what you are doing with the drawings in this and your previous post. i know you said you’d like darker darks – but i think the delicacy of the line and the light and mid range values work quite well in the leaves and plant just as you have it here. imo, you have enough value range that it all works well together. it isnt that we always have to have the full value range (imo), it just has to work – as you mentioned about paint and color. these drawings work. i like that. a lot. beautiful.

  5. Carol King Says:

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…. 🙂

    Beautiful pointsettia. I like that you used “whatever worked”.

  6. Artswebshow Says:

    It’s excellent.
    Nice rich colours


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