Poppy in Glass for Beginners
Painting Red Flowers and Clear Glass
Red Poppy in Clear Glass - Watercolor Basics
Two for one - this is a quick lesson to help you understand:
-how to use the color red in watercolor,
-and how to paint clear glass, for beginners.
Most reds besides the ones made with quinacridone pigment, are opaque, which leads to problems when painting a red flower. How do you paint shadows and highlights in red without making mud? Learn some basics for beautiful reds in this lesson.
And then there's the mystery of painting clear glass.... Quickly and easily solved, with simple but effective techniques!
This lesson took 1 to 2 hours for most students to complete, using no special materials. Colors needed: red, yellow, light blue, black and opaque white. (See the free materials section for information on black and white paints.)
I'm a self taught artist and I love teaching!
My story is simple.
I showed a lot of interest and talent as a child, but my parents discouraged art as a waste of time. I spent my adult life as a nurse and raised a family - pretty busy. While I was home with the birth of my daughter, I bought a cheap set of watercolors and fell in love with the bloom of color. I told my husband, 'I'm going to keep painting with these until I get really good.'
Back then, not many painted realistic watercolors, so I practiced and tried things until I worked out my own style. It took a lot of trial and error,
. When I entered my first art show, I won two awards and was told I'd have to enter the professional category and not beginner. That frightened me soo much, I didn't enter again for years.
When my work began selling, I entered more shows with more great success. I worked very hard and became a full time professional artist and teacher.
Although my work has been recognized and featured in major exhibitions, books and magazines, I'm very down to earth, and just love painting.
No one has 'all the time in the world'. Paint now. You're never too old, it's never too late. Any bit of time you can practice will improve your skills.
And yes, this cowboy is a watercolor painting. (Reference photo used with permission by Diana Robinson)
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