Sunday Sketches – Watercolour pencil becomes watercolour paint

Sunday Sketches

Not much again this week. I’ve spent most of the weekend priming boards so I have something to paint on when I feel like it. I do it en masse so it is all done at once and I don’t have to worry about it for weeks.

Primed boards

Look at all those lovely white boards just asking for paint 😀

What I have done, though, is continue my red parrot pea sketch I started last week…

Red Parrot Pea Work-in-Progress

After much fiddling, it still isn’t finished, but it does look like this…(apologies for the bad photo, it was still wet, so I couldn’t scan it)

Red Parrot Pea work-in-progress 2

When I came to do the red centres of the flowers (around the yellow eye), I had to switch from watercolour pencil to watercolour paint because as with my pastel sticks, my red watercolour pencils are annoyingly hard and often scratch the surface of the paper. Do any of you ever encounter this problem? I find it very frustrating, to the point I can’t use my reds.

But there has been one advantage, it pushed me to use my watercolour paints, something I’ve been very hesitant about for a long time . I initially only bought them to back up my watercolour pencils. Now I’m having so much fun with them as I trip over my own brushstrokes, I’m considering exploring this medium much more. I think my little discovery of glazing the other day has helped me a lot. I’m still very heavy handed, though, so I may stuff it all up yet…in which case I’ll drag out my acrylics and get mean 😀

Still a lot of work to do on this, which is why I’m posting it unfinished instead of sitting here and trying to rush finish it. I may switch back to watercolour pencils at some point, I don’t know, I’m pretty much winging it. I do know that I have a severe lack of highlights, so I’ll have to fix that. The fact that I’ve been working without a stock photo and am making up the light source myself leaves me open to a miriad of mistakes. I’ll keep poking at it.

Don’t forget to wander over to Sunday Sketches and check out all the wonderful stuff happening over there.

(painting crazy at the moment)