365 Days of Art: Day 290 – Plumeria Sketches

The challenge: Create some form of visual art, no matter how small, each day for a full year.

Oh my goodness! I just realized that I forgot to post my art on Sunday! I finished up my sketches of the watercolor plumerias, and it took forever, and I didn’t like them, and I totally forgot to post about it!

This was one of my first ventures into doing a painting all my own without any books for help. I started by doing some studies in a watercolor sketch book, mainly so I could practice messing up before I did the bigger picture.

Here are a few things I learned:

  • I do not paint in the lines well. I’m sure this will come with practice but you can see below how my flowers edges are shaky.
  • I chose a few different colors for the cast shadows: a grey made with Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine violet, and Windsor Violet. I think I ended up preferring the Ultramarine Violet.
  • I experimented with backgrounds. I’m surprised that I didn’t like the sap green as much as the Ultramarine violet and the Ultramarine Blue. (You can see them below)
  • I overworked it, my colors got muddy from trying to work in too many shadows.
  • Next time, I’m going to put the cast shadows in first. I put them in last and it really didn’t work.
  • I felt like I was able to get the colors right, but now I want to get more of the 3D look right. It’s kind of hard with white flowers…
  • I really, really don’t like rough paper. I’m definitely a cold press girl.

Anyway, here is the sketch book. You can see where my daughter grabbed a paint brush and went to town in the upper left part.

Have a great evening everyone!

About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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