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Magnolia: A Master Study

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Magnolia is done under the direction of watercolor artist, Jacqueline Gnott through her membership based learning forum, For the Love of Watercolor. The video for this particular painting demonstrates on how to blend smoothly and how to achieve a rich, dark background and how to paint white flowers. A great learning experience.

8 38 by 9 18 inches on 300 lbs. Kilimanjaro watercolor paper
Reference photo by Jacqueline Gnott


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August 19, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Bouquet of Cosmos

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I did this painting from an old painting challenge No.57 from A Nos Pinceaux .

11 by 14 inches 140 -lbs. cold pressed Waterford watercolor paper

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July 21, 2014 at 2:01 am


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I just finished my first orchid painting a few days ago. I am not crazy about painting orchids but since this was a commissioned piece, I had no choice. I struggled the most with the background. I wanted it to be very different from the reference photo. I was making it up as I went with the background. Now as I look at it, it looks alright.  I already started another painting for a painting challenge. The deadline is nearing soon and I got to finish that fast. See you soon!

11 by 14 inches on 140# Kilimanjaro watercolor paper

Reference photo by Rodney Campbell from

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April 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm

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White Roses in Glass

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I am so happy to do this painting after the painting challenge No.29 of Evhe’s blog A nos pinceaux  . I love the still lifes offered in her painting challenges. I am glad to paint another subject in white. I did a couple of  white floral paintings before in Merrill Magnolia and in Waterlily Series No.8. In this painting, only a very little area of the white roses is left as paper white. Almost all the petals are painted in quinacridone burnt orange, burnt sienna, raw sienna, indanthrone blue, cobalt blue, winsor violet , yellow ochre and aureolin.

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May 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm

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

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