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I've started working through the exercises in the Botanical Palette book - Chapter One - White. While waiting for the Casa Blanca lilies to bloom so I can paint them from life, I've also started to work on a watercolor painting from a photo I took of the lilies in the garden last summer. The pencil sketch for that is show below. I drew the lily directly on my watercolor paper using an HB pencil and the divider tool to take accurate measurements from the image on my computer screen. It took a few hours, but then I decided it needed to be about 150% bigger. I scanned the drawing, enlarged it, printed it and transferred it to the watercolor paper with graphite paper, then refined the pencil drawing further.
I don't know how old this little cart is, or where it was made, but it's full of rustic charm and very fragile.
Also here is a recent watercolor and gouache sketch of a koi, using Daniel Smith's Cascade Green and Undersea Green in the background. I really loved using these colors and the beautiful effects they produce. I also used some Perylene Green for the very darkest green close to the body at the bottom of the koi. The koi is painted with gouache.
Here are some in-progress photos:
This maple tree near my house was cut down recently. Here is my tribute; just about every drawing and painting I did of it over the years.