Off to Meriden and Coleshill Art groups this weekend to have a look at primroses and have a go at this little number. Very topical. The primroses in my garden are making a brave attempt at flowering, their pale creamy yellow faces looking impossibly vulnerable against the cold, dark soil…but wonderful for getting contrast!
Writing this on February 14th and I am so cold and can’t wait for some warm sunshine! Bulbs are poking up in the garden, but they’ve had a quick look around and have decided not to bother and are keeping a very low profile.
With the second painting, I masked out the snowdrops with their leaves and the raindrops. I dropped in a background wet in wet and added salt while still wet. When all was dry, I worked on the flowers, adding tone wet in wet, and the leaves and raindrops.
Did two versions of the snowdrop today. In the first painting I only masked out the water droplets before laying down a wash wet in wet and avoiding the actual snowdrop flower, leaving it as white paper. I dropped salt into the background while wet to create texture. When all was dry, I worked on the flower, leaves and raindrops wet on dry.