Sunday, March 18, 2012

While Waiting for THE WORD on Buddy ...

Some aureolin and quin. burnt orange, w/w.

Several glazes on the flowers - quin. coral, quin. burnt orange and alizarin crimson.

Getting very serious with the alizarin crimson.

I'm painting the leaves, again w/w, with aureolin and phthalo blue. I cannot remember the last time I used that blue, but it seems to be making a nice green underpainting.

I took this at Western Gardens a couple of years ago. I'll have to take my camera there again soon when they open for the Spring.

I started another painting, while waiting for a critique from Anne Zoutsos.  Anne is a friend I met blogging,  and she does fabulous animal portraits,  mostly in oils now,  but at one time she did a lot of dog portraits in watercolor.  She very kindly helps with a no-holds-barred criticism of my work.  I deeply appreciate Anne's honest and forthright words.  In jest, I send my email photos with a note to "Ming, the Merciless" - the super-villain in the old Flash Gordon movies. Unfortunately, Anne has a bad cold, and is coughing all night, so I must be patient,  and wait for The Word from Anne.


  1. How I laughed at Ming the Merciless, I remember that film! :)
    I'm sure Buddy VII will meet with her approval, wish her better though .
    The plant is looking fabulous xx

  2. It's looking great so far Kathryn!
    I think it's as important to receive tactful, honest criticism from time to time as well as it is to receive encouragement. I always appreciate it when I get it because it helps me see what I may not have :0)

  3. Dear Kathy,
    Thank you for sharing the work and the lovely story. Hope Ann will get well and you'll enjoy painting more.
    Best wishes,Sadami

  4. This is coming along so well, Kathryn. I'm looking forward to seeing this one finished...love the way the leaves are painted so far!!!

  5. It's looking beautiful Kathryn! Lovely softness to the background. And pthalo blue is my favorite blue for mixing greens. :) I'd be shaking with nervousness while waiting for that critique! You brave woman. But Sandra is right, it is important, just scary at times too.

  6. This watercolor is going to be a beauty. Phthalo blue is very much a stainer but so transparent and lovely. What a nice mix for a green. Thanks for sharing the process of painting it.

  7. You struck the right note with this Anthurium, coming along very well. As always really enjoy your steps! xx

  8. Another flower is being born!

  9. You are truly doing a nice job on this. √

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