I am attempting to paint the primroses. Why!?! as I don’t really have any emotional connection to them. For the sake of learning.
photo of primroses
I came to the conclusion that seeing a professional artist paint outweighs reading any number of the instructional books. The books are unable to show how much water the artist adds to the pigment; how she holds the brush, how he touches the paper, etc. Back in Melbourne I researched potential watercolour classes before admitting to myself that I don’t have the time or the money to commit to the regular classes. So I went to the library and browsed through the available DVDs on the watercolour painting (sadly there wasn’t many) and left with the two DVDs by Ann Blockley “Flower Painting Through the Seasons” and “Flowers in Watercolour”. I watched them and felt that I picked up some useful information, but watching isn’t enough to truly learn and therefore I’m attempting to paint some of the same flowers before re-watching the DVDs.

First I did a quick pen sketch to start getting to know these flowers; followed by two watercolour sketches, both done on Saunders Waterford cold pressed paper with Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour. First one was overworked.
Watercolour of primroses
Second was slightly more pleasing, but under-worked and didn’t look at all like the primroses.
Watercolour of primroses
A slow pencil sketch in the Moleskine watercolour sketchbook to try to figure out where the lights and darks are. I haven’t sketched with the pencil for a very long time – it required patience and discipline to push through the distractions and the initial reluctance to slow down.
Pencil sketch of primroses
A quick coloured pens sketch just for fun.
Coloured pens sketch of primroses
Third attempt at the watercolour on Fabriano cold pressed watercolour paper – better, but still overworked and still doesn’t look like primroses.
Watercolour of primroses
I think I know where I am going wrong (that must be a step forward), so I will have to attempt another version (or two) before admitting the defeat.