Watercolor Roses

Welcome to my Fourth Watercolor Blog

Painting Roses without painting each petal, I drew the roses in pencil until I understood their shapes.
Then I worked out my composition , with a value plan , Planned my colors to suit me, not what is in front of me , I often work from black and white photographs for just this reason . Once these are chosen I am  ready to paint .

I didn’t not put all of my drawing onto my paper just a few shapes , but I had my pencil drawing to refer to as I needed to , I do not rely on my photograph   , or rose , once I have my composition ,
and colors chosen , I no longer need the reference , in fact it would detract from my plan , I am not going to paint to resemble the photograph , or subject , just use the information they have given me to create a painting.

The colors chosen this time were Red Purple , Indian Yellow ,and Indigo , not a bright palette , but I liked the balance this time , I like to choose different color combinations  so the color choices do not become predictable.


  • Starting to find my Shapes
  • Finding my way around the shapes
  • Following my value plan and adding the final touches


Welcome to my third Blog
This painting is for my April Workshop
I have chosen what I think is a nice color combination , just because leaves are Green ! we do not have to paint them Green .
I took some photographs of the clematis growing in a friends garden , yes they were dark purple , I haven’t painted them that color at all .
And the paintings background certainly doesn’t look like my friends garden , the photograph did a great job of that , I don’t want to reproduce the photograph image nor the garden image , but use both to create a painting .
I use what inspires me , and work out a composition , with a tonal plan , choose my colors , and away I go .
I am lucky that the people who kindly come along to paint together , know by now , I am not going to paint in the normal expected fashion , as if, I can hear them say .
The colors I have chosen this time are :- Winsor Violet  :- Indigo :- Quinacridone Gold :- Brilliant Purple or :- Quinacridone Magenta.
I hope you like the result , and please leave me some feed back , I am new to this Blog lark , and if you think it is worth doing them I will continue to post the process of my paintings .

  • First Background Washes
  • Looking for shapes
  • Punching the negative shapes











Watercolor Blog

Well here is my second blog.
Last Friday in class ,we were having fun with choosing a new palette as we often do.
So here are the purples ,greens,,and gold ,and those in between.
I like to draw my subject ,and choose a composition ,tonal plan ,all before I start to paint .
With this information , I can then go ahead and paint in a free way , I do not like to put a complete drawing onto my watercolor paper ,then paint .
That can cause a, fill it in process for me ,which I do not enjoy anymore .
I like to see a bit of a mess ,not neat illustration.
Good job we are all different .
Here are the stages of my latest painting, please reply and add your comments good or bad ,painting and sharing with like minded artists  is why I am doing this blog .
Until next time .

  • Background
  • Starting to find shapes
  • Adding shapes
  • Pulling it all together

Bev Wells First Blog

Welcome to my first ever ,blog.

The thing that excites me to begin a painting,is normally when the color of a subject catches my eye ,and I think ,wow I love that Yellow ,or that Blue .
I don’t try to follow all that I see,but use the first wow.
As I did yesterday ,when I saw bright Happy Yellow Daffodil’s
Such a lovely cheerful sunny color.

I decided to get out my Fluid Acrylics, and see how they would behave used as watercolor on my Arches paper.
I would not frame this painting ,but thought you may like to see the steps taken.
Happy Painting Bev

  • Starting first washes ,wet in wet
  • adding some detail
  • adding the dark’s , and a fiddle or two