For the month of April I am giving away one of my paintings. I will have a drawing at the end of the month. To have your name entered to win simply make a comment on one of my blogs during the month. Each time you comment your name goes into the drawing to win. The more comments you make during the month the greater your chances to win.I will post the winner at the end of the month.
One of my mothers favorite flowers are Easter Lilies. She is very disappointed if she doesn't get one at Easter. She usually has several but I do remember one year when no one got her one. That mistake will never happen again. I have found that after the are done blooming you can plant the bulbs out and they will come up every year around August.
I have done a quick demo of how I painted the cows below.
I start with 140 lb cold pressed watercolor paper. I use masking tape to tape it down to a piece of hardboard. I buy a 4 x 8 sheet at Lowe's and have them cut it into 20x24 pieces. I work on several watercolors at the same time so when one is drying I can start on another one.
Now I have the work taped down so it will not buckle when it is wet. I really like to work on 300 lb paper but for this demo I am using 140 lb.
I sketch the cows and the landscape in that I want to paint.
I use a test sheet of colors that I may want to use. The one on the right was used in another painting and I have a fresh one for new color mixes that I might want to use.
I work from the top down so I don't get my hand in the wet paint.
While I wait for the sky to dry I work on the foreground.
Now that the sky is just damp I add the background trees and some to the darker areas to the cows.
I develop the cow and keep working on the landscape.
I darken the sky and work on the foreground.
I add more detail to the cows and their tails LOL , okay that was bad.