Pathway To Spring Bouquet

This is a beautiful four-part demonstration of a beautiful watercolor painting called "Pathway to Spring" by Vinita Pappas. This painting is a combination of extremely loose painting and detailed rendering. In this painting, Pappas captures the essence of spring by using a floral composition with a color scheme of pinks and purples. She uses a 300-pound rough paper to ensure it does not buckle. This is a meticulously planned composition with a detailed sketch before the painting process even begins. The painting process begins with the color blocking of all the flowers, starting with the lighter values of the roses and then moving to the darker values. Vinita uses a combination of sharp defined edges and soft, fluid edges to get a feel for how the colors will blend together. Throughout the painting process, Pappas share the technique of painting almost geometric, abstract shapes, rather than painting individual leaves and petals. For the upper part, she uses a number eight Kolinsky sable brush and then switches to a mop brush for the lower area, allowing for more water and drips to occur. It showcases the beauty of watercolor with its colors merging, drips happening, and color separation going on. The finished painting will leave you feeling as though you have just taken a walk down a beautiful pathway to spring.
Watercolor Class Preview: Why 300 lb paper is sometimes a better option than 140 lb paper. How to paint close-up flowers. Why certain brushes are more suitable for certain jobs. Why tilting your canvas can create special effects. How to balance a loose look with a more refined look. How to paint a close-up rose from start to finish. What negative painting is and how to practice it. How to make adjustments by lifting paint. How to use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to bring back a white area. How to scrape highlights onto leaves. How to avoid overworking your painting. Reference Photo   Initial Sketch     Final Painting         What does yours look like? Send it to us via a message on our Facebook page so we can admire your work and if we have your permission, we can also share it on the page and our website:

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Vinita Pappas
Vinita Pappas


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