Sunday, August 24, 2014

Geranium Art Squared

Impression of Geraniums
11x11 inches square
watercolor on Arches 140# cp paper
artist Vernita Bridges Hoyt


After watching a Kay Smith demonstration on direct painting with watercolor, I ventured away from the given drawing to paint my impression of geraniums with the direct painting technique.

Direct painting involves painting with a pigment-loaded brush so that the first value laid on the paper is the final value. No layering occurs with the direct-painting method. Opaque paint is used freely since transparent washes are not the focus. Direct painting with watercolor is much like alla prima painting with oils. In other words, get in and get out quickly while painting from dark to light. Producing a painting quickly is the focus.

I want to paint another piece using the geranium drawing Kay provided in her workshop. Kay does a terrific direct painting demonstration which you will want to watch if you ever have the opportunity.

As a child, I was reprimanded for daydreaming. Today my daydreams morph into paintings. 
V. Bridges Hoyt - Painting the sauce of Texas