Three blooms

The first daffodils opened in my garden today and as with everything that blooms or buds this week, I had to get out there to capture it. For the first time I experimented with painting flowers on hot pressed paper. I’ve been using reams of the stuff for the children’s book I am illustrating but I’ve never tried it for flowers and I quite like the effects you can achieve. Although many painters consider the accidental backwashes and blooms you get on this paper an annoyance, I don’t mind them at all.


14 Comments on “Three blooms”

  1. Monique says:

    Wow..first of all on blooming before me..but I love the effect also..never even heard of hot pressed..
    Thank you.

    • Thanks Monique. Hot pressed is a very smooth paper with no texture at all. It reacts very differently to paint than a textured paper. It dries really quickly so it’s hard to carry a wash over a large area unless you work wet-in-wet.

  2. Ross says:

    I like this free and loose style… was this intentional (i.e. are you trying to become a Canadian French Impressionist?) or is this the result of the need to do a really fast sketch today? It doesn’t really matter why you did it, because the result is great. I also like the loose, sparse linework in both the sketch and the border.

  3. John Wright says:

    delightful! Gotta get some of that hot pressed paper! ( in the endless hope that if I spend money at the art supply I’ll do better work !)

  4. Alison says:

    Wow! Great exuberance! Really feels like a BURST of spring. Love it!

  5. Carolyn Smith says:

    Love this! Only wish
    of these days I will get it!

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