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 preparation
Here's the canvas stretching and stapling
Here's the canvas frame.
~ I will keep the brush happy in my hand! ~