Fall is here and it is time to go to the pumpkin patch. Have a great time, but don’t forget to take pictures. These are treasured times to keep. Pick out a good size pumpkin to take home and carve a funny or scary face.
Some of the pumpkins in this painting have acrylic paint under the watercolor for a rich glow. The hay was created in layers from light to dark. Portions were masked before I applied each layer. This took a while as each layer had to dry, but the result was worth the time.
Friends 22×30 water media.
Sometimes you see a photo taken by a friend that you would love to paint. Just ask them if they would mind your use of the photo for reference. Be sure they know you are not painting it for them, but for your own collection, or for sale. If the photo was taken by a professional, get a signature of use document signed. Keep one for your files and have the professional keep one in their files. I fell in love with a photo taken by Rose Margaret Braiden of calla lilies. She was very happy to allow me to use it as the reference for this painting.
When you combine part of a photo you like and add a background from imagination (or from another photo), you make a magical piece of art. The best part of watercolors is that sometimes images are created without the artist’s knowledge. New images emerge in the finished piece. What will the boy find as he ventures into the woods?
Off On A Great Adventure