In my last entry here I showed all the photos chosen for the assignment Working from Photographs. I've gathered all those pics and started to play with composition. This involved cutting up copies of photos and placing them on the artwork size page to see what might look pleasing.
|The winning layout ...|
Once I was reasonably happy with the composition I went on to draw all the elements using my photographs as reference material. After the drawings were completed I transferred them to tracing paper, cut each one out and placed them on the artwork paper to ensure it would fit the space well before transferring onto the watercolour paper.
|First rose head washes ...|
On to the best part ... painting.
I get a little nervous up until this point as to what it will look like and spend hours on the composition and drawings. Once it's on the paper the road map is done and I can enjoy bringing the colour in.
It was a challenge to paint the flower heads of the Pierre de Ronsard.
I think any rose is difficult and this is a very complicated cabbage style rose with so many layers of petals from deepest carmine and pink in the centre out to soft white and limey green tinges in the outer petals. Shadow colours on such a distinctive rose are very subtle ...
|Bringing in the architectural elements ...|
I then started on the French-style rustic stone elements - the bird bath from home that I mentioned in my last post ... and soft washes to depict a stone archway ...
The architectural elements are to be done in a neutral watercolour palette ... the Pierre de Ronsard rose is not a bold colour and as I am including many other elements to the painting I don't want my featured botanical subject to be overwhelmed. Neutral colours and scrolly
ironwork to me epitomise the age old appeal of French vintage chic.
Still more to come.
I will show the finished greeting card in my next post ... thanks for joining me ...
All images and artwork copyright © Vicki Lee Johnston 2012