Winter orchard

I have a pile of treasure in my studio. I created it last year during the One Hundred Wash Challenge. Frequently, I would create a wash for the blog and leave it unfinished for another day. More often than not, a painting takes some time to evolve. It would be much easier if I could create a picture in one sitting, but that doesn’t always work. The process usually includes a lot of time going back to a work in progress, looking at it and quietly visualising what it will eventually become, until the final image eventually crystalises.

So, the pile of initial washes in my studio is my stash of treasure. This painting started life as Wash # 78

Towards the end of last year, I received a palette of Georgia Mansur’s fabulous colours from Daniel Smith Paints. The juicy darks and silvery highlights came straight from Georgia’s palette – perfect for the detail in this picture.

2 thoughts on “Winter orchard

  1. Vandy, this really is a little treasure! I love the idea of thinking of our little washes as ‘treasure’. It’s nice to be able to finish something in one sitting, but in my experience that rarely happens, unless painting on location…..especially when working wet into wet and requires so much drying time. I think the mark of a gifted artist is to be able to ‘see’ into something we have already created even if it ends up different from our original vision. So much of what happens with washes and wet into wet is about having the confidence and vision to see it through to a finished piece….don’t you think?

  2. Oh yes, Maggie. One of the things I think is so special about watercolour is the magic that happens when you see something new in a wash. Starting a painting always feels a bit like an adventure – I never quite knowhow its going to end up.

    And as for not finishing in one sitting – right now I have four paintings in progress. I find it helps to leave one sitting while it dries and move on to focus on another one (or two). When I get back to the original painting, I can have a fresh look at it. Quite often it helps keep them fresh while I work on them.

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