3.15.2013

Whale Art in Progress--Watercolor, Gouache and Collage

whale in progress

My work-in-progress this week is a Minke whale with coral and lace.
This is what I'm trying to achieve: can I make a whale feel sweet and delicate?

whale scraps

Scraps of paper for adding to my collage and inspiring my color palette.

transferring sketch

I always do my initial drawing on transparent paper.
Then I trace over the drawing on the back side of the paper
and trace over it again on the front side, transferring it to my watercolor paper.

white on white

I recently started experimenting with gouache paint
and discovered how much I love painting white-on-cream! I think it's because
here in Germany we've had the darkest winter in at least 60 years, and I just crave
white and bright. This craving seems to be really changing my work lately.

coral and lace

Now I'm coloring the coral with watercolor pencil on handmade cotton-rag paper.
Then I paint over the watercolor pencil with water and a bit of gouache mixed in.
Can't wait to finish it up!

29 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful so far. Thanks for a peek in your process. I do love that white on white (cream)!

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  2. This looks amazing already - thank you for sharing your process. As a beginner painter, I love to hear how artists go about their work. It inspires me! I just recently bought some gouache paints, so you've given me some wonderful ideas.

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  3. So gorgeous, Sadee!
    You are an amazing artist!!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  4. love your whale, they visit our bay in September, and they stop the traffic, literally...delicate they are not ;) sweet and serene they are, something i think you have captured in your painting...

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  5. I love this little peek into your working progress. It has inspired me more than you will know. And the work is gorgeous as always. I have never used gouche and now desperately want to try them.

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  6. Oh, Sadee! You're piece is looking so wonderful!
    That whale is beautiful. Really.
    There is so much that is lovely in this piece.

    Thank you for sharing! I look forward to seeing how it turns out once you "complete" it.

    Blessings,
    Sarah

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  7. Oh how beautiful, I look forward to seeing the finished piece! HPPF!

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  8. Oh my gosh, I love this so much. Your work is so beautiful. I love all the details that make it so unique. I'd love to see this piece when it's finished. I have a soft spot for whales. Hope you are well.

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  9. Stunning work! Yes, the whale is sweet and delicate and beautiful.

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  10. Your whale looks lovely and I really like the detailed information on your work process.

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  11. I think you've succeeded in making a delicate whale! just beautiful! and enjoyed the explanation of your process...

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  12. Lovely WIP, just beautiful work! Really intriguing to see where you are going with this! <3

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  13. This is a beautiful piece, I think you have given that whale some personality and sweetness too!! I love all the background detail too....look forward to the finished project!

    Hugs Giggles

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  14. This looks wonderful already. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. The whale is magnificent. Lots of character comes through in the expression as well as the textures. Thanks for sharing your process. The cream on white work sounds intriguing and I love pink shapes -- they look like coral or sea plants after seeing the whale. I hope it's starting to get lighter and Springlike where you live. Keep painting the light!

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  16. I love your watercolor whale! It is so beautifully done - and the light touch you have with the other elements are just charming!

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  17. Wow, this is awesome. Beautiful whale.
    Lynn

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  18. Beautiful!! I almost didn't recognize your blog -- I like the new layout!

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  19. pretty coral reef! Very intricate. It's wonderful! {:-Deb

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  20. This is so cool, very pretty!

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  21. Very pretty and delicate looking. If I could send you some sunshine I would.

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  22. What a treat to get a glimpse at your work-in-progress. Such a gorgeous whale - who I'm sure is delighted with it's beautiful surroundings.

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  23. Very pretty....and soft and yes Sweet.

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  24. The coral is so delicate and beautiful!

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  25. This is looking gorgeous so far. I'm sure you'll be able to make the most sweet and delicate whale ever!

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  26. Wow to the piece, and so generous to share the process. This is what I love about the blog world .

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  27. wow! this is just lovely artwork:)

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  28. Beautiful collage! I really like the idea of using gouache, I usually use acrylic and watercolour, but you have reminded me how well gouache works. I hope our Northern winter ends soon :)

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Thank you for being kind with your words and generous with your time!