How to Tame a Wild Watercolor Background

How do you tame a wild watercolor background? Add some wild roses. Here’s a sneak peak of a painting I’ve been working on this weekend. I worked on this painting for a good portion of the day but had to stop when the lighting changed. If all goes well, I’ll be posting the completed painting tomorrow.

8 Comments on How to Tame a Wild Watercolor Background

  1. kellygrahamartist
    September 4, 2012 at 3:11 am (11 years ago)

    It’s beautiful already! I can’t wait to see the finished piece :)

    • afternoonartist
      September 4, 2012 at 3:12 am (11 years ago)

      Thanks, Kelly. I’m pleased with the results so far.

  2. Beth Parker
    September 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm (11 years ago)

    OOOOOOooooo! This is gorgeous!!!

  3. elenacaravela
    September 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm (11 years ago)

    Love the way you handle the gradients within the boundaries of each petal and the blending of the back round color.

    • afternoonartist
      September 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm (11 years ago)

      Thank you, Elena. It was challenging, but fun.

  4. Jill Paints Watercolors
    September 18, 2012 at 2:00 am (11 years ago)

    Have you ever seen the watercolors of Mark Adams? Your control of the colors in your background of this one is very evocative of his work. Really nice!

  5. afternoonartist
    September 18, 2012 at 2:11 am (11 years ago)

    Thank you, Jill. I love your work. I’m not familiar with Mark Adam’s work but I’ll check it out. This background was based on a tutorial by Janet Whittle. I just taught my sister this technique yesterday and will be posting her painting this week.


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