Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Pushing the Boundaries of Scale

I am totally comfortable painting tiny flowers at this point in my career, but the way to grow is not by staying comfortable. Am I right? So I went for a large floral watercolor last week!

Yes, it was a little scary to paint so large (it's an 18 x 24 inch piece), but also very rewarding. I love the scale of this one! So much texture, color, and movement to examine. I have to stand back a ways from this piece to take it all in.

watercolor flower illustration: grow creative blog
watercolor and ink flower illustration: grow creative blog
Elise Engh Watercolor Flowers: grow creative blog
watercolor and ink flower illustration: grow creative blog

This started out as strictly a watercolor painting, but I didn't like how it looked, so I rescued it with a black sharpie.  A little ink does wonders if you find your flowers a little lacking.

The art lesson #1 learned here is this: don't be afraid to push some boundaries, whether it's with scale, color, or medium. You'll never grow if you don't explore.

Art lesson #2: even though watercolor is known for being the most unforgiving medium, there are other mediums you can use to save a botched watercolor painting, so don't give up so easily! Paint on!

3 comments:

  1. I love this! Way to be brave and push yourself to grow! That seems harder and harder for me the older and more set in my ways I get.

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    1. Thanks Kristin! It's hard for me too, but I find joy in it at the same time :)

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  2. Beautiful picture, I love it.

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