Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Milkweed ~ watercolor on gesso


One more, this time the ubiquitous milkweed pods going to seed. It's a perfect subject for this type of surface because lifting is so incredibly easy. I created the fluff with nothing more than a 1/4" stiff bristle brush.


Feathers said...

What fun! You are managing to get good rich color on that gesso. Long ago, I tried watercolor on gesso, and found it not to take watercolor well. Maybe I should have experimented more. I loved that flower from yesterday--so clear and bright, and the milkweed pod is great. :-)

Jeanette Jobson said...

Wow, I love it! This series of natural pieces works so well. This is really striking.

Billie Crain said...

Colors are far more vibrant on the white gesso, Anita. You want to go in with a good thick, creamy mix to get the full affect. It's fun to push the paint around, too. Watercolor is much more forgiving on this surface.

Billie Crain said...

Thanks, Jeanette! I'm enjoying doing these small pieces. I can finish one in a day and not get discouraged or worse...bored.