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I love painting on Yupo. It allows me to play with my paints in a free and fanciful way.
If it wasn’t so tricky to drive in Tuscany I would spend every vacation in a four-wheeled vehicle driving through Italy. One needs to observe the rules of the road (different in the USA), and be aware of all the motor vehicle cameras. In between GPS directions and a lovely lunch at a monastery in Tuscany I captured a photo of this antique terra-cotta vase in the corner of the church where we had lunch. Tuscany is pure heaven for a painter and or a photographer. The light is gorgeous and around every corner is a photo just waiting for you and your camera.
Suddenly I was surrounded by seagulls. They were flying around me. I snapped a photo. I have tried to capture, in watercolor, the gorgeous sun-drenched day as well as the sense of the birds flying all around. This is pen and ink and watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press.
I waited the 5 important minutes. I found several small items that added up to a better, more thoughtful painting. I added stamens to the flowers which gave them direction. Using Tombows, I added the hand-drawn flower work that is on the original vase (on the left side), and also a bit of detail to scribe out the handle. I received worthy advice from master artist Diane Eugster…always take the 5 extra minutes to observe your painting before you 1. Begin to work on it again, or 2. Call it complete.
I knew that this bouquet of spring flowers was too gorgeous not to paint. They have been on my kitchen table, calling to me, for a few days. It was not until I read a post from a very talented fellow artist and blogger, Diane Eugster, that I was inspired to actually get out my brushes and paint. You might want to check out Diane’s web site:
This is watercolor on Arches 140 cold press paper, 11 x 14. The pitcher, hand painted from Mexico, is from a local thrift shop.