Sunday, March 02, 2014

WIP Leopard original watercolor painting

Here is the progression of my latest watercolor "Giovanni's Leopard"  11x14". If you would like to 'watch me paint over my shoulder' visit!

I start with the first wash after I apply masking to the eye highlights and whiskers.

2nd wash.  The more of the tones you can get in during the first wash or two, the better!

Time for some dots!  I wet the paper then used very thick black paint to create soft edges.

Here I added some eyes.  I treat eyes as paintings within paintings.  I work in several layers; wet in wet first to get the color in, then wet on dry when I put in the pupil.

More details added here

The final painting!


Polly Birchall said...

Great painting and lovely to see it's progress. Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Your water colors are amazing. Starting first series of classes this coming week. Hoping to achieve some one nth as good. Love your work.

Paris breakfasts said...

Oooo gorgeous !
How did you fix that edge?

RachelParker said...

Paris Breakfasts,
I just scrubbed it a bit on the edge with a hardish wet brush. Check out for videos of me painting!