Negative painting? Check.
Loose style? Check.
Masses of color to create suggestions of shapes? Check.
I am pleased with this painting – there are areas which could be better, but is any painting actually “perfect”? Certainly not in watercolor!
Lilacs are one of my favorite spring flowers. Their fragrance is heavenly and a welcome sight as winter fades away. Sadly, it seems hybridizing them for a coastal SoCal climate is not successful.
I drew the flower masses in pencil, creating general shapes. A few pointy leaf shapes. A glass vase. Dropped petals. From there, the rest happened with lighter washes of color, white areas left behind, and eventual deepening shades of lavender, purple, and pink. Some blue, too. It sort of happened all over rather than section by section.
And then my next painting was a complete disaster!!