Saturday, August 08, 2009

Shape Studies for Rhododendron Explosion

Sketch #1 - top
Color and Shape Study #1 - second
Sketch #2 -third
Color and Shape Study #2 - bottom
Final Sketch and Color and Shape Study
Small studies for my big painting: Rhododendron Explosion, 48" x 96. I started by sketching a couple of rhododendron shapes onto tracing paper, then tracing the design onto watercolor paper so I could block in the shapes with gouche to see how they look-yuk.
I started over, including more rhododendrons. But I still didn't like it. It didn't seem dynamic enough to enlarge Finally, the third try worked, and that's the design I'll transfer to the canvas.
Here's the canvas frame.
~ I will keep the brush happy in my hand! ~

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