Monday, May 04, 2009

Dandelion Seed Head Painting

'Make a Wish' 8x10 pastel
I found a great reference photo of dandelion seed heads on wetcanvas and wanted to paint it. I also tried a new technique that an artist shared on wetcanvas in the pastel forum. She had painted the neatest bird painting and her background gave it such an interesting look. I am not exactly sure how she did it. All she said was she painted with pastel on tinted paper and when the pastel was 1/2 done she covered it and splashed on watercolor with a loaded brush. So what I did was a watercolor underpainting and just painted the dandelions with pastel, covered them and then shook a loaded paintbrush of watercolor all over the paper. I finished up with a bit more pastel. It sure was fun!

6 comments:

Dana Marie said...

Wow, I just love this painting...Gorgeous piece, Karen!

~ Dana Marie

Marina Petro said...

This is simply magical! Stunning painting!

Karen said...

Thank you Dana. It was a lot of fun and I am itching to try some more!

Karen said...

Marina Thank you! It is one of those paintings that looks better in person so I am glad it came across well!

Cynthia said...

This is absolutely stunning!!!
It is really alive and I love the colors. Well Done!! The technique sounded like such fun too.

Karen said...

Thanks Cynthia. It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to play around with it some more.