As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m digging painting paired pieces right now. This holiday, I wanted to make my grandparents a different painting each but make the paintings complement each other.
My grandmother is a skilled watercolorist. Since she has been painting less these days, she handed me down a shoebox’s worth of her paints. I used many of those in these paintings from mayan blue to quinacridone gold.
I went for a bird theme to go with their house. A floral branch is more my grandmother’s taste and the rock is a nod to my grandfather’s participation in geology.
A few weeks back, my friend requested I “make her one” while exchanging Snapchats of my watercolor experiments. Kristy didn’t leave room on the backdrop for taking many photos. I couldn’t move her because she looked so comfy, so I decided to use her as a prop. I wanted to play with multicolored flowers and the blended, floaty look watercolor can make rather than some of my simpler, monochrome flower patterns.
I wrote “By: Jane Austen” as a reference to her novel, Emma, which I am quite fond of. My friend is a book-type so she will get the allusion. I just used sketchbook paper that I had on hand which doesn’t work as well with watercolors but I like the color, size, and weight of it better than the only watercolor paper I currently have.
You may be able to tell from this that I am particularly into shades of peach right now. Keep that in mind for a post I will be doing later!