Art Pearls

My journey in search of pearls through painting and drawing

Archive for April 2012

Canna Lilies Series No.7

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I finished painting this canna lily a few days ago. I am really pleased with the result. I used glazing the paints and kept mixing different paint colors to the minimum. I have a long way to go to learn about glazing different colors in layers. Especially the transparent and semi-transparent watercolors. I still consider myself a beginner with regards to the knowledge on the properties of various pigments and their behavior.

Surface: On 9 by 12 inches 300-lb Kilimanjaro watercolor paper

Reference image from  Marc ‘macdragon’ of


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April 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Purple Tulip

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I painted this tulip for the challenge No.28 of PADT. I used Ampersand Aquabord as the support to paint this in watercolor. I struggled to put more layers on the surface as it was underlying layers were moving and revealing the white surface of the clayboard. Anyhow, I managed to finish the painting.

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April 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm


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I tried to do this painting in a loose style. I had to constantly remind myself to let go of the details and free myself from the burden of tightening up. As a starting point, I think I did a fairly good job. Also, this is my first painting of a bird. Hope to paint more birds in the future.

Photo courtesy of  Gary Jones  from Paint My Photo

5 by 7 inches in Strathmore 500 Watercolor paper.

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April 3, 2012 at 12:05 am

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