So disappointing – my real nastursium seedlings are taking a hammering by greenfly so yesterday I finally gave in and sprayed them with bug spray. I hope they pull through as I love their tumultuous tumbling oranges, reds and yellows .
Meantime I started a loose nastursium watercolour as part of a demo I did at the Kestral Art Society in Pencoed, Bridgend last Thursday.
It remained unfinished as time ran out so I am going to continue with it here and see how it turns out.
TOP TIP:- For complex and larger drawings such as this do them onto very fine (90gsm) tracing paper and NOT onto your expensive watercolour paper. Transfer your image when all the correcting and rubbing out has been done on the tracing paper by using this pencil like carbon paper which can be rubbed out – It is called SARAL – http://www.cheapjoes.com/catalog/product/view/id/21762/
I stretched my Arches hot pressed 90pbs paper on quarter inch plyboard and when dry I used masking tap in a belt and braces tactic to stop and pulling away at the sides as I worked very wet.
Dimensions are about 11×15 inches so it’s a nice comfortable size for me I don’t like working very big.
Paints are Winsor and Newton: Cadmium Yellow, Scalet Lake, Cerulean, Sap Green, Pthalo Blue
Here are some nastursiums I painted last year as inspired by the photo above – still not completely finished but I quite like the half done look! Do You?
I did not mask out the flowers as I had decided to paint around them. I could have masked them out and done a wild wet into wet background though.
I am going to continue to build the flowers and the background equally and see how that looks…..