Day 15: Red Gum Tree

Red Gum Flowers (watercolour)

Red Gum Flowers (watercolour)

 

Remember the preliminary washes for more Red Gum flowers that I did a few days ago? This afternoon I spent an hour or so adding some more depth to the blossoms and practising my negative painting on the foliage.

Whilst the colours here are slightly more vibrant than in the original (I love what scanning does to watercolour!) I’m still very happy with the result.

It sort of has the feel of a 1950’s book illustration, which wasn’t intentional but I like it all the same – I was worried that the greens were turning out too ‘fake’ green, so I added more gold ochre and it’s given the whole piece a faded summer look.