3rd July 2018 - Watercolour flowers by Lynn Norris
by Maggie Goodsell
said she would be demonstrating negative painting technique. She was
working on Saunders Waterford 140lb paper, using SAA Silver brushes &
Winsor & Newton watercolour paints. Lynn said she prefers to work
on a paper block rather than single sheets as she finds it suits her
wet in wet technique better. Her colours were mostly Gamboge,
Permanent Rose, Cobalt Blue, Quinacridone Gold, Winsor Blue Red
Shade, Perylene Violet & Perylene Green
she works flat Lynn uses a camera, projector & screen so everyone
can see what she is doing. Unfortunately this does mean that the
photos are mostly taken from the screen and the colour rendition
isn't always correct. The photos have been edited to give a truer
feel but there are limits to my editing ability !
initial drawing - Lynn was working from a photograph.
started by wetting the whole sheet of paper .....
and painted some warm & cool colours in the flowers.
drying with a hairdryer Lynn then wet the background for the negative
it was such a warm day she worked in sections around the painting trying not
to get hard edges. She painted yellows ...
followed by greens, mostly mixing the paint on the paper - working
round the flowers to define their shapes.
was the view we had - it shows how the painting is building up as a
whole and the reference photo.
the flowers more by adding darker areas.
hard at work !!
this stage Lynn dried the painting thoroughly. She said that it is
better to be left to dry naturally for at least 2 hours but 24 is
better. This allows the paint to settle and fix into the cotton
fibres of the paper - which means that the colours don't lift when
the painting is re-wetted.
gradually built up areas of green, wetting an area at a time. She
used a natural fibre brush for the re-wetting as this doesn't lift
the grain of the paper as much as a synthetic would. Lynn also added
a few areas of salt to give texture.
- time for a cup of tea.
next stage was to add some 'positive' leaves to the painting, always
following the 'rule' of odd numbers - in this case Lynn put in 7.
on the background flowers & buds - making sure they don't stand
out too much.
on the main flower - Lynn said to remember that it is a white flower
so don't overdo the colour.
can see the areas where salt was added quite clearly in this photo.
excellent demonstration from Lynn. I'm sure many of us were inspired
to go home & try the technique.