Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Watercolour Wednesday and Our Wedding Anniversary

I was back at my painting class today.  First up we did an interesting exercise of painting a still life with only two colours - Raw Sienna and French Ultramarine.  The purpose is to concentrate on tone rather than colour. it was very helpful.

Gumnuts in a vase


We then did the same scene with more colours. I decided to stick to a limited palette and just added in Quinacridone Gold.


I then painted some Lisianthus which was highly appropriate as these were our wedding flower and today is our 9th wedding anniversary.  I thought I could give this painting to my husband.

A little secret is to use pencil to define the white areas. in the painting below the pencil is very fine.


A few stronger pencil marks really adds to the definition and helps your eye travel across the painting.



I asked a few other women in the class if I could share their wonderful efforts. My aunt also does the class with me, she's been working with Susie Murphie for a year now. I love my aunts work. She's a graphic designer and her artistic talent really shines.

My aunt's limited palette still life.


and using a broader colour range (5 paints)




...and one other painting really grabbed my eye. Jan does amazing work. Her paintings from last week were to die for. I love her use of purple and green below. 


...and here we are on our wedding day. This is the one and only digital photo we have of the day. I think i need to scan some in.  I was three months pregnant on our wedding day and our daughter is exactly 8 and a half today. It's always easy remembering how long we've been married for.  I treasure every day with Phil. He's an amazing man.



Happy days!
cheers Fiona

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8 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous bride! (and handsome hubby!) Hope you're having a lovely day for your anniversary. ALL the paintings are lovely. Mx

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  2. those paintings are beautiful, and so are you! happy anniversary!

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    1. Beautiful paintings! Jan's really caught my eye and made me smile. Congratulations on your anniversary. The Welding Man and I just celebrated our 41st this week. What a great trip it's been!

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    2. Thanks Cassie and Ann! you're both very kind. When I look at Jan's painting I realise how far i have to go in my learning! Ann, 41 years is a tremendous effort! have a great week
      cheers Fiona

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  3. What a beautiful bride and groom both of you made… Those watercolor paintings are just gorgeous! You make me want to dust off the cobwebs from my painting brushes and paint. Great job!

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    1. thanks Sherry! you should get your paints out. I'm looking forward to seeing some nice seaside paintings from you!

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  4. Watercolor is so very lovely. Learning this in on my bucket list.

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