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SEASONAL NOTES WINTER 2014-2015

Posted on: December 31st, 2014
Sunrise From the Studio

Sunrise From the Studio

Winter is a great time to devote to painting. The gardens are no longer in need of attention and I have lots of reference photos taken during the year for inspiration.

In October I began painting this flower in preparation for a demo for the Vermont Watercolor Society Annual Meeting at the Middlebury Inn in Vermont. The request was for a demonstration of how to paint clean darks in a floral, including the background. I painted most of the light and middle values before the event and saved the darker values for the demo. Here are some steps of the painting.

Image in the overhead mirror of the early washes, before darks were added.
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Beginning of the background seen in the overhead mirror
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More background

FINISHED PAINTING

Notice that I merged the background with some areas of foliage and petals by using softened edges and matching values

Doing that helps make the flower more believable, avoiding the look of a flower cut out and pasted on a dark background.

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NEWS WINTER 2014 – 2015
VERMONT WATERCOLOR SOCIETY DEMONSTRATION

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NATIONAL JURIED SHOWS

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DANCING WATER

April

American Watercolor Society 148th Annual International;
Salmagundi Club; New York

Bountiful-Begonia

BOUNTIFUL BEGONIA

April

Watercolor Missouri International, St. Louis, Missouri

Ferry-crew

FERRY CREW

March

Western Colorado Watercolor Society Rockies West National; CO

Magical-Marsh

MAGICAL MARSH

March

Watercolor Society Of Alabama 74th Annual Exhibition: Eastern Shore Art Center, AL

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Adirondack Memory

February – March 2015

Fallbrook Art Center Signature Watermedia Exhibition, CA

PUBLICATIONS

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INCLUSION IN: THE 2015 EDITION OF MARQUIS “WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA”