Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Orchid Background

This week's third and final exercise involves adding a background to an existing painting. Here I dropped a sheet of tracing paper upon the painting and tried out some sketches. It's obviously rough at this point but I'll be pecking around with element size and composition and determining the medium. Graphite, or perhaps some very light brushwork with Payne's Gray.


  1. ahhh, the background! It takes a great leap of faith for me to begin the background, esp. in watercolor. Part of me is always afraid of making a mistake, while another part of me gets excited to see the piece come to life, and yet another part of me begins to feel a bit of separation anxiety as I realize I am nearing the end of the painting process for that particular piece. This is also my most dangerous time as once the background is done, I can't stop tweaking here and there (that's the separation anxiety part). I need to learn when to put down that brush!
    Can't wait to see what you decide to do with the background on this one!

  2. Phew, I didn't know this could be so involved! I've been tracing and retracing and in the end have resorted to simply laying in a light pattern and erasing as needed. I think I'm there so now it's time to firm it up. Pretty sure it'll be graphite, something light and simple.

    Thanks for cheering me on! :-)