Sunday, August 26, 2012

Layered Iris

Layered Iris/ watercolor/ 6" x 7"/ sold
This small painting was created with thin veils of transparent color dried completely between each layer. This style of painting for me, makes a "tighter" painting. It requires more time and patience during the painting process itself. Most of the time, the reward is a painting that "glows" as the thin layers of paint allow the paper and the under layers to show through. In contrast, the larger amount of time for me with the "looser" more spontaneous-appearing  watercolors is in the tonal preparatory sketches that provide the "map" for the one shot paint application. There is also the time repainting the "spontaneous" paintings  that just don't work.


  1. I really like your tighter stuff!!! beautiful!!!

    1. Thank you. I like to paint many different ways. Susan Harrison-Tustain taught me to paint in layers.