Susan Woas, art teacher at Genesis School and the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, and signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, demonstrated painting an orchid after the West Pasco Art Guild’s monthly meeting on April 3rd.
When painting white flowers Susan likes to paint on a background wash of the primary colors. She usually mixes her colors on the palette first and likes to paint on a tilted board so that the watercolors flow together.
Think: How wet, damp, dry, is the paint, paper, and brush. You can do anything you want when it’s still wet and shiny. Once it becomes matte, blossoms will form if you add more wet paint. “Sticky” (dryer) paint can be painted on top of wet or damp and won’t move around much.
These photos show her painting as it progresses. (Note that many of them were taken in the overhead mirror.) Click the first one then use the arrows to move to the next.