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Linda Foley Creates...

Gallery  Uptown water color artist offers a basic watercolor lesson here.    Linda is known for her wet-on-wet style and has periodically offered  watercolor lessons in her home.   

a step-by-step watercolor lesson

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Add color to the paper

Add color to the paper

Add color to the paper

 

The object is to control the paint-to-water ratio. Here all
the white of the paper was lost so I lifted pigment with a rag.

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Select design

Add color to the paper

Add color to the paper

 

Cover the painting with a clear plastic sheet and use erasable markers to try out design ideas.

 Darken the negative (non-flower) areas with same colors already used.

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Design with chalk

Add color to the paper

Design with chalk


Chalked flowers stand out from the background that has been further darkened with the original paint.

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More negative painting

Detail of the finished painting

Adding more layers and stems

 Draw the next layer of flowers and paint everything that is not a  flower. As the back ground gets darker, the first layer looks lighter in  comparison.  

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Adding more layers and stems

Detail of the finished painting

Adding more layers and stems

Continue adding color to give your painting more depth.

Put the plastic back on to draw stems

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Detail of the finished painting

Detail of the finished painting

Detail of the finished painting

Please note that image presented here is merely a painting “detail” for purposes of this lesson.  It is not the entire painting.