"Amaryllis You Finally Bloomed!" 22" x 30" watercolor
This is the culmination of a painting for which I drew the sketch this last Winter. Involved in acrylic and collage work more recently, it took me this long to get to painting it. As usual, the feelings I had about the plant stayed with me, and it was all about reconnecting with the shapes and design format that I had originally constructed. With Memorial Day Weekend here these past several days, I was able to begin painting and return to the work for several days running, finally completing the painting today. Below I will show the stages the painting process as it developed. Typically I start in a random place that appeals to me, and proceed to move around from one area to another, letting the painting tell me what to work on next, leaving each area incomplete. That's what you will see in the stages posted below. Early on I establish my color format, striking a harmony early, that I continue to expand, creating more subtle variations as the work progresses.
Stage #1 is above.
To the left is Stage #2
is Stage #3
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