Friday, March 18, 2011

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Poppies by Request

Poppies by Request

Poppies have always been one of my favorite flowers to paint. Especially the red oriental poppies. I am happy to know that others like them as well. I am asked quite often to paint these beautiful flowers by students and clients.
The above painting is another one of my crazy, fun pours. Only this pour is done once. First, I draw out some poppies then I save them by using masking fluid. The masking fluid allows me to not worry about splashing the paint onto those beautiful poppies that I will paint in later.
The color is then tipped onto the paper and I blow the paint around and spray the paper with water to get it flowing. When the paint has dried, the masking fluid is removed and the poppies are painted in (there are 2 done that way in this painting). Then I "find" more flowers, leaves, and pods and create them with negative painting (including the one red poppy on the upper left)
This is a process I like to teach my students for several reasons. It shows how you have to let water move and mix the paint (it is water color after all). The negative painting is great with watercolor because you have to learn to leave your white/light colors and paint in your darks. It is essential if you want to succeed with watercolor. And last, it is sooo much fun!
I am teaching this type of course at two places this spring.

 Maplewood House
April 30-May 1


Campbell River, BC
May 7-9

For more information, please click on the above links or contact me.


Maria's Watercolor said...

Your poppies are wonderful, love your carefree technique!

RH Carpenter said...

This is gorgeous! I love the mix of tightly painted and loose and free :) It works so well and, I think, shows the best of watercolor.

AK said...

The colors are just mind boggling.

Christiane Kingsley said...

Leslie, this is indeed gorgeous!

Jane said...

I never get tired of poppies..looking at them, painting them, and these are really beautiful, I like the mix of tecnics.

Leslie Redhead Watercolors said...

Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments! What a gift to have all of you say such nice things:)

Kelly said...

I just learned to pour and it's kind of amazing. (Although at this point unwieldy :)

Leslie Redhead Watercolors said...

Hi Kelly
Pouring is absolutely amazing! I love the way the colors flow so beautifully across the paper.

meera said...

This is beautiful! All your pored paintings makes me want to try it out again(I did a couple few years ago). Thanks for the explanation of technique.

Leslie Redhead Watercolors said...

Thank you Meera. It is a fun technique and it is great to teach beginners with it:)

Anne said...

Leslie, I love this painting and I really enjoyed your course at Painter Lodge. You are a very supportive and informative teacher. I left with two terrific paintings thanks to your fabulous instruction. I recommend your courses to everyone interested in learning more about watercolour painting.

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