Friday, June 22, 2012

Finished on Friday

Yeah, finished! The latest watercolor painting of sunflowers is done. This is the last of the photographs from last year's vegetable share. And, I'll have you note, this is the largest size watercolor painting I've done so far. Big for a watercolor work. 

June Sunflower ©2012 Dora Sislian Themelis
18x24 Watercolor Arches 140lb cold press paper
The Arches paper block was on sale. How could I resist? I've painted big works in oils, but watercolors big? It was intimidating. I applied the same lessons I used in oils though. Big canvas, bigger brushes. Bigger movements, big brush strokes. It's all the same.

Also, I a photo of this work with flash by mistake. Then I tried it again without flash, as is my habit. This image is without flash. The image with flash was brighter, but it left out some detail. I will stick to natural light.

Now, on to the next work.


  1. I'm so intimidated by watercolor...I suck at it, haha. I admire your talent, especially the large workspace you are covering! Its just lovely.

  2. Thanks Kae! Working in watercolor is just different than oils. You have to try to preserve the white space, so you work backwards, light to dark. After that I just go with color and do the best I can.

  3. Dear Dora,
    I like your sunflowers very much. Colours and details are lovely.
    Cheers, Sadami


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