Marian Wiseman creates watercolor profusion of spring flowers
In this post, I describe how I went about creating a watercolor of flowers for my sister. My painting is currently part of the show “Summer Work” at the CHAW Gallery, 545 7th Street, SE, Washington DC.
Marian Wiseman: Dianne’s Spring Blooms
I wanted to make a painting for my sister that was a profusion of the flowers she has around her house rather than a bouquet in a vase. I took close-up photos of peonies, irises, dogwood, and lilacs and practiced painting them.
These are cut from the pages of flowers I painted to try to get the hang of it.
This was my first study of trying to make a complete floral composition. I realized I needed a lot more practice painting flowers.
This drawing shows my revised floral composition on drawing paper, which I then traced onto watercolor paper. I colored the iris leaves and some stems to help me keep track of which leaves and stems were connected. After my first painting I realized some flowers needed to be bigger. The red outlines are where I enlarged them.
An important lesson I learned from this study was that I wanted more contrast between the shade of purple in the irises and the lilacs. Also, I realized I still needed a lot of work to learn how to paint flowers.
This is the study where I realized that some flowers were too small in comparison to the irises.
Finally finished. Dianne’s Spring Blooms. Watercolor.
Marian’s profile is available here: Marian Wiseman
To see some more of her work, click here: Marian Wiseman’s Gallery