watercolor painting “Garden at Sunset”

I take a walk almost every day.  I’m blessed to live next to a beautiful older neighborhood in south St Louis called Holly Hills.  Leona street runs alongside the western edge of Carondelet Park.  That is where I was walking when I passed a front yard consisting entirely of a flower garden, complete with running fountain.  I was at sunset, and the sun

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Garden at Sunset, watercolor on rag paper, 12″ x 16″

was peeking from between the 2 houses behind the garden.  I loved the way the shaft of golden light was caught and shattered on the flowers and leaves of these echinacea.

The first thing I did was a detailed drawing.  Then, I masked in the foreground, which includes the flowers, leaves, stems, and some of the foliage on the left.  I got thoroughly wet the sheet of paper, then painted in a very soft background in blue-green, violet, and green.  I also included some of the background flowers in violet, orange, and red.  The colors ran into each other and created the soft effect, which gives the illusion of depth.  I also made a point to keep the background cool, because cool colors recede and enhance this 3 dimensional appearance.

When this paint was completely dry, I removed the masking fluid.  I painted in the foreground leaves and stems, and then the flowers.  I’m very grateful to The Mind of Watercolor youtube channel for teaching me the techniques of watercolor.

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