Watercolor Sketching Lesson – Bouquet of Roses

During this video, I painted a small bouquet of roses from my garden. I had to paint this because had to reclaim a painting that I’d done a few days prior that I was very fond of…the flowers were from my best friend’s garden and the little pitcher has a duck on it which I chose because my friends garden often has duck visitors. The original piece was soft and sweet. I felt I captured something about both the roses and the morning light coming softly through the window.

I used the original study as a guide to do a pastel. In the course of painting the pastel version I inadvertently wiped my hand across it! It was ruined. I don’t often have difficulty letting go of work, but I have to admit that sketchbook pieces and studies are sometimes a little precious.

I used roses from my garden for the version in this video and I added to the sketchbook page after completing the flowers. It ended up being an interesting page that enhances the sketchbook overall. Sometimes disappointment forces you to grow and go in a new direction!

Here is the original reference photo.

Here is the original watercolor sketch .
The reference I used for this video.
My Sketchbook page completed.

Painting Minilessons
with Marla Baggetta

These “mini-lessons” grew out of my blog. I love sharing my experience behind the easel, so these are free. I write a new one every two or three weeks, so please feel free to share with artist friends.

​These lessons are mostly written text with graphics…short but useful tidbits from the foundations of painting that touch on subjects such as aerial perspective, simultaneous contrast or using negative spaces. I guide you through different aspects of painting and art that will get you comfortable with using pastels. You’ll gain confidence to attempt work that you might have otherwise been timid about.

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