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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

Canna Lilies Series No.6

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I am not really happy with this but I decided to stop here and not do anymore correction.

Reference: Online – I am still searching for where I got it.

7 by 5 inches on 140# Arches cp watercolor paper

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January 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Waterlily Series No.9

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It has been a long pause since my last post.I have been so carried away with my kid’s school and homework that this painting took me about a month to complete. And there is another incomplete painting before this too. I need to go back and complete that painting. Having said that the waterlily painting is the last painting for the year 2011.

I hope to do more figure drawings and then eventually figure painting for this year. I need to practice more on figure drawings. Surprisingly, I got a gift kit of a book on figure drawing and a manikin.I have been planning to buy one for a long time. I hope to include posts on my figure drawing practice with you this year. With continuous practice, I hope to progress from skeletal manikin figures to fully-clothed real life figures. As I write more about it, it sounds more and more like a new year resolution. Well then, so be it. NOT FOR SALE

Waterlily Series No.9
6 by 4 inches on Strathmore 500 Series watercolor paper
Image Reference: Wetcanvas by macdragon

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January 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Canna Lilies Series No.5

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I took a bit longer to finish the canna lilies painting this time. I wanted to finish it before this month get over. It seems like I can only do two paintings a month on an average. I would love to paint more often than that but with everything happening in life, I can only paint at this rate. I really admire other artists who can churn out paintings week after week. They must be super inspired!

Canna Lilies Series No.5
9 by 6 inches on 140lb cp Arches
Reference image :wetcanvas IRL by Rod

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September 26, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Canna Lily Series No.4

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I finally finished the canna lily painting that is 4 months in the making. I have been MIA for so long and I can’t find any explanation for my extreme slow progress. This is the slowest I have worked on any painting.

Canna lily Series no. 4
11 by 14″ on Ampersand Aquabord

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October 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Waterlily Series No. 8

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I am back to my series in waterlily paintings. This time I chose a white waterlily because I want to practise on painting white subjects. I am using a new scanner and I think I need to get used it. I suspect the image looks a bit washed out. Oh well!

Waterlily Series No. 8 on 140# watercolor paper
Reference Photo from the March 16 – March 20 Inspiration All Around Us challenge

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April 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Waterlily Series No.7

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It took more than a month to finish this painting. Moreover, I did the last drawing while I took a break from this one. I owe my thanks to my DH for giving me the encouragement to finish off the painting. I skipped the underpainting part while doing the gouache resist. It was difficult to scrub away the white gouache. The watercolor paint was behaving very differently when I painted over the gouache layer. I managed to finish off the waterlily after overcoming the learning curve.

 Leslie, a talented artist,  has  just posted another wonderful gouache resist painting. You will easily fall in love with this technique once you learn how to do it

Waterlily Series No.7
12 by 16 inches on 140# watercolor paper

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December 1, 2009 at 5:56 pm