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Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Watercolor Daffodils


















Watercolor Daffodils

8x8 in  watercolor on Aquabord  $135. SOLD
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Another painting from the same bunch of flowers.
This time larger, and in watercolor.
It is amazing how fresh they are keeping.












Artist Note

This watercolor will not have to be framed under glass
because it is on a board and not paper
I will have to place a protective coat on it.
Varnish or wax? I prefer wax, but does anyone have
any suggestions for other protective coatings?



38 comments:

  1. I love this one. It has a great composition and contrasts, the watercolor aspect gives it a soft touch, lovely.

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    1. Thanks so much, Roger. I do not see the soft part myself but others say the same so I know it is so.

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    1. Nice word - beautiful - thanks Myra.
      Enjoyed the video on paper-making.

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  3. Your daffodils are beautiful in watercolor and oil, I love how you switch back and forth with ease!

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    1. Ha - switching is not so easy but getting better as I go along.
      Your geranium is gorgeous!

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  4. What a gorgeous color scheme. I like this soft touch; so pleasing.

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    1. Hi Carol - thanks for the lovely comment. Glad you enjoyed the workshop. I liked your paintings very much but have to add... you already knew to how to match color that way!

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  5. Beautiful as always! How is the Aquaboard working out? I have tried them for acrylic but not for wc yet.

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    1. I find the Aquaboard interesting enough to keep working on but the type of sealer is going to make a difference. I am not one to like a shiny surface.
      You have been doing some amazing paintings Libby and I love the way you explain your process.

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  6. So stunning, Julie! I'd love to hear more about the type of wax you use and how you apply it. I didn't even know you could do such a thing!

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    1. I am still experimenting with several types of wax. The last type lifted some of the paint off and of course it cannot be repainted. I will let you know when I find the perfect brand.
      The drawing you did is creative and deserves to get picked. Fingers crossed.

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  7. A beautiful watercolor, Julie. It's so nice to see the painting in both mediums. !

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    1. Thanks Hilda - love your China Doll. You painted her beautifully.

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    1. Thanks Margaret. Congratulations on being asked back to The Whitehouse Gallery. They have excellent taste!

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  9. Masterfully done! The palette and the abstraction work well to bring the flowers into focus. You are truly talented AND flexible, being able to work in more than one medium so successfully!

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    1. I value your comment and thank you Kaethe. You are such a master with paint and the water in your Seal Break painting gave me goose bumps.

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  10. Julie I have some boards to experiment with later in the summer & I'm very interested in what you decide is it Dorlands wax you r referring to? Your painting is lovely

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    1. Hi Nancy - the Dorlands wax lifted off some of paint but I am trying it in a different way. I have another wax which I seem to like best but want to make sure first before recommending it. Will get back to you.

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  11. This is so pretty Julie. I love the lines going through it especially the circular one in the bottom left. It makes it that much more interesting.

    I have never varnished with wax. I have seen it used on oil paintings, but not watercolor. It will be interesting to see what you decide.

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    1. Thanks Lisa. I wil let you know what I find, like and trust.

      You have another neat post. Love your sketchbook work.

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  12. Hi Julie,
    Beautiful painting!!!I am working on a painting I plan on mounting on a board and coating. After doing some research I cam a across a great video by Birgit O'Connor, Framing Watercolor without Glass. She recommends using Golden Acrylic Spray with UVL protection. 5-7 coats and you must let it completely dry in-between coats or you may get clouding. She uses a few coats of gloss for clarity then follows with the last coats matte. I'm going to try this. Hope this helps! How do you like working on the Ampersand Board vs. paper?

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    1. Thanks for all this great information. I will watch the video. I like the idea of two types of varnish.
      My preference between board and paper? Love paper BUT I am trying to find a way to NOT use glass. Find that the cost of the tru-vu or similar glass is horrendous. Reflections are a problem if I do not use it. Will let you know what I eventually end up with.

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  13. Love this! The colours, the composition, the abstract quality.
    Could you please tell us more about the wax? I've never tried it....

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    1. Sure will when I have narrowed it down. I have eliminated one brand because it lifted off the paint in patches. Another one is looking good.
      Your Otter painting makes me happy.

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  14. Watercolor never fails to deliver that delicate appearance - perfect for this lovely bouquet. Wonderful composition as well!
    I, too, would like to know how to apply a wax finish if you have time, Julie.. Does it lessen the degree of fading that watercolor sometimes does?

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    1. Glad you like the painting - thanks Carol.
      The wax is to add a protective finish because with Aquabord there is no need to use glass. I do not like a real varnish shine on watercolor so wax gives a beautiful mellow finish. Will let you know what I find.
      Are you still painting MORE marbles? YOu do them so well.

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  15. Beautiful. I am with Roger, loving the softness your watercolors and you created. It makes for a special mood that is very pleasing. Thank you for including a photograph. It helps me see how you edited, added and subtracted. Perfect. Home from vacation and trying to get going!

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    1. Thanks Helen.
      Hope you enjoyed your trip - missed you.

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  16. Gorgeous and rich bouquet , really there is no difference from when you paint in oil , perfection in both mediums !

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    1. Nice of you - thanks Jane. The painting you did of your daughter is really special. Congratulations.

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  17. Very wonderful flowers painting with very amazing colours !!!

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  18. I love the gorgeous colors of your sparkling spring flowers!!!
    I have never painted on Aquaboard but yesterday I tried to make a coat of wax and cold on a watercolor painted on a cardboard treated with acrylic gesso and then with an absorbent ground to make my gessoed board also receptive to watercolor. After the painting, I was very curious and I applied the wax. This made me a bit 'reaction to the trachea ... because it contains solvents (I should have used a mask and do the work outdoors). My watercolor study on gessoed board came nice to see, a bit glossy but not too glossy. Thanks Julie for creating in me a new idea.
    But I do not know how it could be on Aquaboard. .

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  19. Sounds like there are several of us curious about the wax surface. I wish I could see it in person. It's so lovely, great depth of color...I'm imagining the wax would give it a really deep, but soft mellow surface (not sure how to describe what I'm thinking...but of pieces I've seen finished in wax surface, it's pretty amazing).

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  20. This piece is like wow! such a beautiful use of colors and so refreshing daffodils :)

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  21. Lovely, Julie! Love the softness and its sense of yearning.

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  22. Julie, I did not think your work could get more beautiful but I love your watercolors and agree with the comment from Lorraine - there is a softness that is so captivating.

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Julie