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