Day 7 of 30 in 30 — Sidewalk Hollyhocks

Color photograph of hollyhocks mounted on watercolor paper and painted around

Sidewalk Hollyhocks. Photograph integrated into watercolor painting. 8″ x 10″

This was a class exercise with watercolor teacher Marie Siegrist last week. The process is to take a photograph that has designs that end at the edge and/or has linear lines or other design elements that can be used successfully to integrate into a watercolor.

We picked our photograph and sketched lightly around it where we wanted it on the paper, then we sketched the remainder of the sketch and then painted. The paint goes underneath the photograph so there is no glaring white of the paper showing. it’s a good exercise to do perspective, to match colors and values, and it is a cool effect don’t you think? You mount the photo onto mat board to raise it a bit from the surface of the watercolor paper.

I was intimidated to start painting, I figured if I kept sketching and planning, I couldn’t mess up! Once I got some of the main blooms continued onto the wc paper, I was hooked! I finished it today. Even with interruptions from kids home for the Labor Day holiday, I think it turned out ok.

If you’d like to see other artists’ work for Day 7 click here. Thank you for stopping by. Please feel free to leave me a message or question. I enjoy continuing the conversation with you!

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