Sunday, November 09, 2008

Lilacs

Lilacs have a sweet fresh scent and are my favorite spring flower.
In this painting, since I was in a mood for detail, I carefully painted each fragrant blossom on these lilacs. Did you know that when painting with watercolor, the artist must leave the light areas? So, each blossom is drawn in first with pencil, then a light wash of lilac color is painted over all the blossoms, and when that is dry, the blossoms are defined by painting darker areas around them. I like the effect.

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