1. Some of the containers have a glossy ceramic glaze which reflects bright highlights. Others have a dull finish with splashes of white. These are covered with masking fluid to preserve the white of the paper, and to eliminate the need to paint around the irregular shapes.
A layer of color is applied to the pots and plants with some darker values on the shadowed side.
Pottery Potpourri II - watercolor demonstration of planters
3. Work on the blue pot was started late. It has a 3-dimensional quilted effect because of the careful placement of highlights and shadows on each quilt "piece".
The three artificial plants were made with mounds of moss and small twigs. A blend of greens and browns, applied to wet and dry areas of paper resulted in the irregular texture.
4. The left side of each pot is in shadow, but notice the light reflected from adjacent pots back into the shadow. It is especially noticeable on the two textured center pots and the large terra cotta pot on the right.
Value patterns in every painting tell a story about the light conditions within the scene. What can you determine about the light on these pots?
2. The embossed scallops and lattice effect on a few of the pots are enhanced with highlights and shadows.
The bright green pot turned on its side is the main area of interest in the painting.
Pottery Potpourri II
Here is the 2nd of two paintings of colorful, textured plant containers.
Stacks of colorful, weighty planters can be just as pleasing as a garden of colorful, delicate flowers. Whenever I am in the Seattle area, I make time to browse through Molbak's, a plant nursery and gift shop full of flora and doodads. I wander through the knickknacks and sweet scents, but spend most of my time with the plants and their various accoutrements.
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