Yesterday's morning class began the time consuming technique of pouring a painting, using miskit to preserve the correct shapes between each layer of pouring. This first photo shows the final painting which has been adjusted considerably after all the pouring was done and the miskit removed.

The second photo shows the painting part way through the pouring process, with about 3 layers of miskit and 3 pours of paint. For the first 3 pours, I used a cool primary triad of Quinacridone Magenta, Ultramarine Turquoise, and Hansa Yellow and poured them somewhat randomly onto the wet paper surface.

The third photo shows all the pouring completed with the miskit ready to remove. I'd added Transparent Pyrrol Orange and a little Cerulean Blue to the last 2 pours, and dropped some extra dark values of Quin Magenta and Ultramarine Turquoise into the center of the sunflowers while the area was wet. Both splattering paint and adding popcorn salt helped create subtle textures in a few areas, too.

This next photo shows the painting as it looked after all the miskit was removed. It was easy to see that some major corrections had to be made. The lower left flower was misformed badly (cropping may help,) and the lower right one needed less value changes from the darks to the lights (adding color to the whites would help there.)

The inside of the main flower needed to pop a whole lot more, and the warmth in the background was stifling and dull. I wished then that I had known to pour all cool colors for that last pour. Too late now - and I wasn't going to re-miskit the whole painting. Also, I felt the flowers needed a suggestion of a stem or two.

This photo shows some of the corrections. The center of the big flower still needs more pop, and the background simply must be cooled down, (which I did NOT want to do.) But it was robbing the sunflowers of impact because it was too warm. Cooling it down with Indanthrone, if painted on in a juicy - poured-like manner, would help give some relief and rest for the eye from all the heat.

Leaving some of the background showing as the stem for the lower right flower would help to anchor the flowers - see the top finished photo. Does it need another stem from the top flower to angle off to the left?

The reference photo above seemed better flipped sideways. Minor adjustments were made for better positioning, etc. before the drawing was completed. Though I seldom paint flowers anymore, this was a good challenge.

"SASSY SISTERS" Transparent Watercolor on 140#CP Arches 20 x 17" COLLECTED


Dawn said...

wow a pour, how fun! I remember ours well. I had a great time.
I love your sunflowers Sandy!

Jeanette said...

This is gorgeous. Pours are such fun but I'm a real novice at them. I wish I could watch you do one step by step in person.

Vicki Greene said...

Another neat technique and I enjoy how you explain and have the pictures so that I can learn from "afar". Thanks Sandy.

Jennifer Rose said...

o.0 gorgeous work :D

Joyfulartist said...

I hate pouring with all that masking but I love the results. It's a love/hate relationship. Do you think you will do more of it?

Christiane Kingsley said...

What a beautiful pour, Sandy! A "suggested stem" for the main flower could be a good addition, although the painting is great as it is.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thanks everyone, for your help and comments. The next post will show the new stem and some other slight changes, too. I'm sure I'll pour another painting sometime again, but I have an itch right now to paint a tape painting, where I use torn pieces of masking tape instead of miskit to preserve each shape before I paint the next layer. It's agony, but I love the results too.

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Oooh! Love this. So glad to have found your blog. Beautiful watercolors....can't wait to explore your blog further..

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