9"x12" Watercolor on Arches Done in one of my life drawing classes. I usually only use charcoal and some pastels but chose watercolor this time. I like the softness that I achieved, but should have corrected the placement of her right arm. It's not quite right, so next time I'll do better. After all it is a learning process and I learn something everytime.
The warmth of this pastel was achieved by painting the paper with red acrylic paint. Not only did the paint help with unifying the color palette, but it helped give the paper some tooth, which helped the pastel adhere.
Last Thursday evening at the ANA meeting, local artist Janis Ward presented several of her mixed media paintings and a colorful slide show. What a neat lady! So uninhibited and unafraid to experiment. She explained how she used recycled items, like shredded paper, or gauze, netting or plastic cleaner bags to achieve different textures in her paintings. By the end of the evening, I was feeling very inspired. So today, I experimented with watercolors and netting, and this is how it turned out. I placed it on some card stock and sent a thank you to Janis for sharing her technique.