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Monday, January 4, 2010
Paintings Number 3 and 4 Cactus Blooms
I started out with this painting and then moved right on because I didn’t like it. (geez, that judge in me is so overwhelming). I like the colors but the cactus blooms just didn’t look right. I painted this from a photo I took last spring when this plant was blooming and the flowers are so delicate and faintly colored that I decided to try just one flower so it was the only focus.
I like the delicacy of this one but it is lost on the white paper. I did crank up the pink a bit and put a light blue wash in the background. My question is; what kind of background would look best?
I get so focused on my subject that backgrounds elude me. I guess I see the trees and not the forest.
This is on Strathmore 140# cold press watercolor paper. A good paper is such a dream to paint on. I think I've been using Moleskine way too long.