Paintings & Stories: 2. Transition from Pencil to Watercolor

                                                           Pencil sketch of tree bark

                                            Thin watercolor added on top of pencil drawing

Should watercolor botanical always look clean, neat and flawless? 
Most of us believe so. That is why students have hard time to overcome their fear of adding color. I chose this loose tree bark painting as September theme of my open workshop at Brushwood Gallery, Ryerson Woods. 

After our intensive pencil drawing sessions in August, we will move towards watercolor gradually, but not separately. Our goal in September is having fun with watercolor, and enjoying watching how the two medium create interesting effects. 

Of course, the painting above doesn't look like a botanical! I will add some spring flowers later. Right now, I just want to feel free from fear, and play with watercolor.  

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