Covering the whole wet paper with color BEFORE defining the iris was the most exhilarating part of the painting. Seeing those rich colors flow into each other and create mystery enticed me to leave it alone and not lift anything.

Once I did start lifting out the petals, the swirl of the brush took on a life of its own. Rhonda painted jelly fish using this technique (see sidebar for her watercolor blog) and, I think I may have to try to paint them, too.

The class had a great day and a good Christmas party. Each of my classes has a personality of its own, and Tuesday morning class is a blend of people much like the picture above, certainly full of surprises, humor, and beauty. I look forward to Tuesdays.

"LUCKY LADY" Transparent Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico 140# 22 x 15"


RHCarpenter said...

LOL! I can't believe you mentioned my first attempt at Chee's saturated technique and the absolutely hideous jellyfish it created. Now, I know you'll do much better - and this iris is gorgeous (painted from pure imagination)!!! I wish we had met Tuesday for class - it's been a long week without a break for fun.

Dawn said...

Lovely Iris and I love the abstact in red below! I wish I lived near you I could really use a good art instructor!
have a great holiday Sandy!

Nava said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! As opposed to many flower paintings I see, this painting is so alive and flowing and sensuous!

I love subtractive painting! I've been doing a similar technique on Tyvek, and it's a lot of fun.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thanks Rhonda, Nava and Dawn, for the kind comments. I must try this on Tyvek, too. I've only played around with Tyvek once with paint. Our nursery labels were made of Tyvek, and I've torn probably a million labels apart. Painting on it will be much more rewarding:-))) Dawn, my husband travels to your part of the country a couple of times a year for business and would move there in a heartbeat. It is so beautiful there,

Nick said...

Looks like it's painted in cigarette smoke...great!!