Saturday, September 22, 2007

Art Group Meets Again!

untitled work in progress
watercolor on canvas 5" x 12"
copyright 2007 Stacy L. Rowan

Last Tuesday was a happy day. The group of ladies I paint with met for only the second time since May. We normally meet once a week year round, but our fearless leader, Dana, had hip replacement surgery in the Spring and needed time off to recover.

Painting can often be a solitary activity, so I really look forward to getting together with this group. We give each other critiques, ask for advice on art and life and share some laughs. I also hear a lot about what I have to look forward to in life in the coming years, since I am the youngest in the group by 15 years or so.

Last week I started working on a small painting that is serving as a study for a much larger commission. My mother-in-law wants a very large watercolor of a rose to go in her dining room. After much discussion, I have decided to try painting on watercolor canvas. This will eliminate the need for glass and make the final painting much lighter.

Since I have not worked on watercolor canvas before, I decided it would be a good idea to do a smaller study painting first. This will also help me trial the composition, which is a bit tricky since the painting is to be long and thin.

My initial reaction to the canvas is that it is similar to working on hot press paper. The paint does not sink into surface and is extremely easy to lift off. So far I have put three layers on the background. I had to use a very light touch when adding layers so as not to disturb what was already there. I think it is good that I am not looking for a perfectly smooth background. It will be interesting to see how it is working on the more detailed areas of the rose.

The background right now is almost a coral color, but I will be adding more layers to make it a bright orange-red. After I've put in more work on this piece, I'll come back and give a more detailed opinion of the watercolor canvas.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful artwork and great writing too!

Katherine said...

I'll be interested to see how this turns out. I've seen these watercolour canvases but never worked on one so good to see one in progress.

Looks like a good start! :)

Africantapestry said...

I'm also looking forward to seeing how this turns out. I've never worked with WC canvas and it sounds like a real challenge. It looks good so far..

Stacy said...

Thank you Anna, Katherine and Ronell! I'll keep you posted on what I think of the canvas. I am also planning on trying out another new-to-me surface, so watch this space!

Billie Crain said...

Stacy, somewhere i read about technique when painting on wc canvas but do you think i can find it now? no! i'll keep looking, tho. you might want to research this a bit yourself before you get started. i just did a project on HP using brush on paper and if it's anything like that it's gonna be a challenge.

Stacy said...

Thanks Billie! I'll see what I can find before I get too far in. Luckily this one is just practice, so I'm starting in the shallow end of the pool.