After Friday’s playfully loose warm up I felt brave enough today to try sloshing in a loose background on the original painting I started last week. I knew it would never look as soft as the warm up because the flowers had already been so carefully painted in, but it has certainly changed the look of the piece.
I rather wish I’d used a larger brush as I’m not too happy about the brush strokes you can still see, and there are lots of hard edges, but this is only to be expected when using lots of water as the pigment has plenty of opportunity to migrate to the edges before it dries. Luckily, it’s mostly possible to soften these out later with some clear water and a tissue to dab the colour away.
Anyway, I’m still feeling positive about my progress this time, despite it not being perfect… and I’m still looking forward to where this might go as well as trying it again with a few different tweaks.