I'm continuing to paint the spots and some of the shadows as I progress up the body, through the neck and into the face.
Just the ears to go and the painting will be finished.
We had such a beautiful sunny day, that at certain angles you could see the collar name "Eddy" sparkle.. so I photographed him at a strange looking angle, but you get the idea of how he will twinkle - like a little star :)
In this stage, I painted in a blue sky with a few clouds to make a nice backdrop against which Eddy would stand out. Just the one colour in this sky - French Ultramarine - and lots of water.
It took a couple of hours for thee painting to be completely dry so that I could paint the next section. Some people like to use hairdriers to get the painting to dry quickly. My preference is to let the paint and water do their own thing !
I also painted Eddy's name in a pale shade of the same blue, with some iridescent medium added - to give his collar a little sparkle in certain lights !
After the first background was was left to dry, the paper was completely wet again and a second set of washes laid down.
These also had to be left to dry. This painting technique needs a great deal of patience - or a pile of ironing!
This is one of my "secrets" Between very wet washes that need to be bone dry before you paint again, I go off and iron at least four garments. That way when I return, my painting is ready for the next stage!
I love this effect, it gives a little more depth and interest to the painting. Next will be to paint some shadows on the flowers, and to add a centre to each. So tomorrow the painting will be finished.
Time for another floral painting - again I am practising the techniques laid out in North Light's Big Book of Painting Watercolor Flowers........
and this one was the first painted in my summerhouse art retreat, so takes its name from that... "Sa Belle" .. which is short for Sa Belle Retraite.. and that's French for "her beautiful retreat" - which it is..