"The things that interest me most about painting are whatever is difficult or unexplored, rather than what I can already do. Following that path results in failures once in a while, but it's much more rewarding when I make a breakthrough." Quang Ho
Poppies, Watercolour In-Progress by Laura Leeder, August 2014
Here is the start of the poppy painting that I hinted at in my last post. I'm using a photo taken of my neighbors ruffled poppies as my inspiration and guide. Initially, I was overwhelmed by the complexity of these ruffled petals.
After some consideration I decided that a stylized approach would solve this problem and also suited the mood that I want to convey. That of summer poppies, happily dancing and swaying in the breeze. It seems that when I take this approach, a mental shift occurs and I allow myself to be more relaxed in my painting, and some fun exploration occurs. And shouldn't that be a part of what summer is about?
Here is what I did. I used two main poppy blossom shapes and laid cut-outs of these onto my transfer paper. After tracing them onto the paper, I then re-worked each blossom, varying the shapes, eliminating more petals and simplifying the lines through out. This is a clever and simple approach in handling a complex and busy photo or scene.
(and now back to the beach!)
Thanks for stopping by,
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist
Creston, BC in the heart of the Kootenays
My artwork can be purchased on-line through my website or Etsy Shop:
My Website: www.lauraleeder.comEtsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/lauraleedersart