|Life is indeed like a box of chocolates!!|
Meanwhile, back to the work in hand. Drawing the flowers of the grape hyacinth with a very small brush and a blue mixed with Winsor Violet and Cerulean Blue kept the overal shapes easier to stick to than pencil. I find too much pencil difficult to work with and a nightmare to get rid of. If you are not careful, too strong a pencil line during painting can muddy the watercolour mixes and ruin a piece. I have learnt this through painful experience in the early days.
I have found that by making a very light initial drawing with a H grade pencil is a lot easier to work with. before starting the painting on this little sketch, I rubbed out most of the pencil, just leaving a very light outline with some of the details 'mapped' out. The daffodil will be treated in the same way with a lot of the pencil being sent on its way.
|Working on the grape hyacinth. |
The darker pencil lines on the daffodil
will be removed before painting starts