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In my studio I have been busy creating things for my Etsy shop… like shells.
I haven’t done any for a while and I enjoyed using watercolour wash techniques that I have been learning in other parts of my art.
This sequence of photos shows how I painted the bottom shell.
Top left shows the initial drawing, with blobs of masking fluid to protect the white of the small holes. I have written more about masking fluid and why watercolour artists use it here.
The bottom left photo is of the first few washes. These lay down the base tonal areas and I have a depth of paint to work on.
The big one on the right was taken as I was adding in dry brush work. This is stroking small amounts of paint onto the image to build up the colour and tone.
And look, there is a secret lustre area on the painting that you can only see from certain angles ~ just like the lustre on the real shell!
I have also bought three frames. I want to give a little oomph to the listing photos on Etsy, and to show people how easy it is to use my paintings in their house. There are lots of inexpensive frames around that would work well. If you follow me in Instagram and Facebook, you will see these three frames pop up in different photos…..
I am back to painting the Cullen cinereum, for the Beckler’s Botanical Bounty Project, and I am happy with the progress. It was hard to remember where I was up to after a 6 week lay-off!
To refresh your memory, the Beckler Project is the one that takes me up to Menindee each year. You can find out more here. This is the fourth species I have painted in the Cullen genus. This one was growing on the very dry Lake Pamamaroo.
So, what have you been up to in your space? I would love to see. Just leave a link in the comment section. Too easy!