Last Saturday, three of my friends came over for the day. They had asked me if I would teach them how to paint with watercolors. They arrived at 10 am. I made some frappuccinos to enjoy while we painted.
First, we taped our paper to a board then mixed up a soft glaze of their choice of color. We painted a light wash on our papers, then applied plastic wrap to the paper. This creates a mottled design as a base. We set those aside to dry.
Our next step was to learn a little about hard and soft edges while we painted some roses. That was fun. When we finished with that painting, we took a break for a lunch of potato soup and home baked bread.
After lunch, we removed the plastic wrap from our boards. I passed out identical pictures to each lady and they spent a little time drawing the magnolia onto their paper. Then I showed them techniques to use painting the flower. Some expressed that watercolor was harder than they had anticipated. We had a great day and are looking forward to getting together again in the future.
I have painted six times from the same photograph. I never tire of it. I think magnolias are beautiful. Each time I paint this flower's photo, the result is different.