Friday, April 24, 2009

April Virtual Sketch Date


Rhododendron
watercolor and colored pencil
on Arches 140 hot pressed paper

I thoroughly enjoyed working on this month's Virtual Sketch Date drawing of a rhododendron from a reference photo provided by Jeanette Jobson. After getting the composition I wanted from cropping, I realized that what appealed to me about the image was that it reminded me of a stained glass window. While wanting to retain that, my goal was also to keep the flower as the focal point and not let the background overwhelm it.

This month, I also decided to work in mixed media with watercolor and colored pencil. Here's my progression:


Step 1 - watercolor wash


Step 2 - First layer of colored pencil. Establishing the dark areas.



Step 3: Second layer of cp. I work all over a drawing at once and build my layers of color. Here I'm still working on layering in the darks and establishing more realistic shapes.



In the final step (above), I've continues to build the color and then began muting some of the background with complimentary color in order to establish foreground and background.


19 comments:

Rose Welty said...

Beautiful Rhonda...just glows with a feeling of spring.

MILLY said...

I love the way you have captured all the colours, it does have a stained glass feel, as it really glows. Beautiful.

Laura said...

Really beautiful Rhonda and enjoyed seeing the various stages.

Vicki Greene said...

Excellent painting! I really like the combination of watercolor and colored pencil.

Jeanette said...

I knew yours would be wonderful beyond belief. Stop being so darn good would you? lol

I love the soft colours and textures you've created with this. Just lovely.

Paulette said...

This is beautiful, the colours are great.
Great info on how to blend the two mediums.

Teresa Mallen said...

A stunning piece Rhonda. It has a wonderful sense of freshness to it. I love the way you cropped the piece as well as the way you interpreted the background. I enjoyed seeing your wip photos.

Carolina said...

This post is very, very useful for people like me trying to learn. Thanks a lot for sharing your step-by-step work, and congratulations on your final result, the painting is lovely.

bluelilac said...

You take my breath away with your skill and talent. This is absolutely wonderful. You are an inspiration. I am so glad you took part this month.

Mary Jane

Lori Forester said...

This drawing is absolutely lovely and dreamy. Your technique is incredible and you have obviously honed your craft well. I am in awe and completely inspired to continue making art. Thank you.

shicat said...

This is just beautiful. You have achieved your goal of creating a stained glass effect. The colors are so subtle and they just draw you right in. I could look at this for a long,long time

Ann said...

Beautiful!

Fito said...

Wahooo! beautiful job excellent, beautiful color, congratulations.

Jennifer Rose said...

thank you for posting the steps :)

I really can't say anything that hasn't been said before, this is stunning :D

Sydney Harper said...

This is a beautiful piece. It has a soft glow about it. Thanks for showing your steps also!

Victoria on Okinawa said...

Love the softness of this painting and colors, beautiful!

ego2005 said...

Nice results! I like the delicate effect you got!

Congratulations!

Stacy said...

This is lovely Rhonda! You managed that complex background so well and managed to keep the flower buds center stage. Thanks for showing the intermediate steps.

Vincent-Lev: Volya said...

Love your art. Don't see that many people who can do watercolor that good.