Recent Florals and Negative Painting

I’ve been working on my negative painting skills again – in fact I recently led some Open Art sessions on doing so. So I though I’d gather the paintings together here. All these are florals or leaves or forest paintings (“Flora”).

Definition:  “Negative painting, is an intriguing, alternative approach in which the subject is established by painting around the object rather than by painting the object itself. Most painters work in the positive, typically adding one shape on top of another. If, on the other hand, you carve out your shapes, you are taking a subtractive approach: constructing in the negative. So when images such as leaves, trees, flowers or rocks appear in negative paintings they have been created by painting the spaces around and between simple, distinctive shapes (symbols) that represent these things.” — Linda Kemp

You might want to look at the last article I did on negative painting:  NEGATIVE PAINTING FLORAL TRANSFORMATION

"Leaf Tapestry" watercolor by Sharon Giles

“Leaf Tapestry” watercolor by Sharon Giles

"Forest's Embrace" watercolor by Sharon Giles

“Forest’s Embrace” watercolor by Sharon Giles

"Red Field Daisies" before gouache background added

“Red Field Daisies” before gouache background added

"Ref Field Daisies" watercolor / gouache by Sharon Giles

“Ref Field Daisies” watercolor / gouache by Sharon Giles

"Blue Flower Exercie" watercolor by Sharon Giles

“Blue Flower Exercie” watercolor by Sharon Giles

This last painting is a candidate for more negative painting using gouache to add warm accents.


Watercolor Printmaking with a Gelli Plate Workshop Nov. 19

November 19, 2015 7-9:30 pm

Watercolor Printmaking

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Prerequisite: Basic Gelli Classes or some knowledge and experience with Gelli Printing is handy, but not required.

Learn the basics of using watercolor and gouache on a Gelli Plate. Most artists use acrylics for printmaking with a Gelli Plate, but Sharon will reveal to you her watercolor secrets. You’ll produce wonderful, glowing results, intense color, and many prints

Schedule: November 19, 2015  (Thursday evening from 7 – 9:30 p. m. Doors open at 6:30 pm.)

Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan, Irving TX 75061 (home of the Irving Art Association) directions

$35 fee for the class

Supply list upon registration. I do have some Gelli Plates that I can lend. If you wish to make your own:

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