Painting Styles

I just finished a fun project. I have done a lot of small format paintings in the past, as small as 5”x 7” and many 1/8 standard watercolor sheet in my early classes, but I have never painted trading card size (3”x 4”) until this painting. Drawing it was the biggest challenge; I drew a flower and it was too big to fit the format so I had to start over-and over, and over and over… Once I conquered that, the painting was a real joy. I just did what I normally would do but with a much smaller brush. It wasn’t as quick as one would think as it still took drying time between glazes, etc. So, I’m sharing my very first watercolor trading card.

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4 Responses to Painting Styles

  1. jeanne wallace says:

    Elaine, I have painted on artist trading cards. It can be a challenge, and a lot of fun as well. Your painting is loose, lively, and lovely. Which is an accomplishment as I know from past experience, it is so easy to tighten up on such a small surface. Good job!!

    • admin says:

      Thanks, Jeanne! As I said, I had never tried it so thought it would be a fun challenge. It was and I’m happy with the painting on it too.

  2. Gail says:

    Until you revealed the size, I would have had no idea the format was so small. I struggle with small, and with details – attempting to get the big idea down fast. I will use this as a ‘challenge’ and try to develop some tiny studies on several projects I’m currently considering. I love to do thumbnails, but those are always in pen/pencil… Thanks!

    • admin says:

      I like to challenge myself and challenge is exactly why I did that painting, Gail, since as I said, I’ve never done one that small before! I do plan on doing more similar-sized paintings. I really did find that it was a challenge to draw that small, but painting it was fun-except that it’s much harder to move from place to place to paint one area while another one dries! And yes, I do thumbnail pencil sketches too, mostly for composition and value, but mine are pretty rough and certainly not something I would share…

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