Camelia #3, Watercolor on paper, 4x6"

Camellia #3, Watercolor on paper, 4x6"

Last night my step-granddaughter Mariah, a brilliant, almost 10 year-old artist with an enviable  sense of design and assurance and confidence in her work came over for a visit while her parents went out to dinner. Even though she she was sick, she was still up for doing some drawing and painting.

We picked a few camellias from my tree and got to work (or was it play?) drawing. She wanted to use acrylics; I fooled around with gouache and watercolor. Here’s her painting:

Mariah's Camelias, acrylic on paper, 8x8"

Mariah's Camellias, Acrylic & graphite on paper, 8x8"

And here are the two I did last night. (The one at the top top of this post I did this morning, with the flowers beside the window. I wasn’t ready to stop painting these pretty flowers, the first of the flowers to bloom in my garden.)

Camelia #2, watercolor on paper, 6x4"

Camellia #2, Watercolor & ink on paper, 6x4"

Camelia #1, Gouache on paper, 6x4"

Camellia #1, Gouache and graphite on paper, 4x6"

I really don’t like the way using white with gouache looks so chaulky.  I much prefer the clear lights in watercolor that you get by leaving areas white or only lightly glazed with color.

Acrylic Painting, Flower Art, Glass, Gouache, Ink and watercolor wash, Painting, Sketchbook Pages, Still Life, Watercolor
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Join the conversation! 2 Comments

  1. I love how things are blooming around here! And that pink is marvelous. A couple of days ago I saw a woman sketching on BART, on the Richmond line, and I was CERTAIN it was you, so I actually went over and asked her if she blogged. She gave me that “you are insane and please get out of my personal space” look before telling me I was insane and please go away, so I knew she wasn’t you. But I love thinking that you’re out there putting all the beauty in the east bay (and more) down on paper.


  2. Your watercolors are so beautiful, Jana. I can see why you are disappointed with the gouache as compared to the watercolor.

    Wow! Mariah’s painting would make a great poster. I want a print!


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