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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, March 15, 2013

I finally finished the first poured painting that I was going to use for my demonstration in Cincinnati (which was cancelled because of 9 1/2 inches of snow here!)


I call this painting "The Bells are Ringing" because these, of course, are Foxglove or Belladonna, and in addition to their name, greatly resemble bells.

This painting is 22"x15" and is painted on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper. This painting is totally transparent watercolor and light areas were saved by the use of Pebeo liquid miskit. I drew the fine white lines by using the sharpened handle of a paintbrush which has been dipped in the miskit. Most of the paints were Holbein transparent watercolors.

12 comments:

Meera Rao said...

very beautiful! Love the colors!

Barb Sailor said...

Meera,
Thank you so much!

CrimsonLeaves said...

This came out beautifully, Barb. But then I had no doubt. Really stunning piece! Is foxglove/belladonna also called "nightshade?" Or am I thinking of something else?

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Barb, this is just stunning; one of your best (and that is saying a lot since I have never seen a painting of yours I didn't admire!).

debwardart said...

This is beautiful. I'm so sorry we had to cancel the March GCWS meeting, but will certainly look forward to you giving a demo some time in the future. (ps - I'm the GCWS current President!)

Ginny Stiles said...

91/2 " of snow???OMLord.
You must be getting pretty darn tired of that!!!!
You mentioned this painting (which is over the top gorgeous) is all transparent wc. But in an earlier post you said that the first "wash" after the Pebeo was watered down acrylic ink. I was fascinated with that as I had never thought of painting wc on top of acrylic ink!
Do I have that right?

Barb Sailor said...

Thanks, Sherry! I think it might be called nightshade - what I do know is that it is poison, but it is used to make the heart medicine digitalis - go figure.(at least that is what I have heard.)

Barb Sailor said...

Thanks so much Susan.

Barb Sailor said...

Deb,
You had no control over the weather...I was thankful that you cancelled the meeting - I couldn't get out of my garage until after 11:00 a.m.. The worst of the storm went right over Shelby County - thus the high snow accumulation.
I am looking forward to doing the demo for the GCWS in October and also looking forward to meeting you.

Barb Sailor said...

Ginny,
I am very tired of snow - but typical Ohio weather - 2 days later it was 45 degrees and a big melt with localized flooding.
You are absolutely correct about the acrylic ink - I call this transparent watercolor because I use the acrylic ink just like watercolor in a very liquid, transparent form. I guess I should have made myself clear on that statement. I love the transparency of the acrylic ink and yet the colors are more intense and, of course, will not lift once they are dry, which is nice when you are painting over sections of them as I do. They are more difficult to pour, because they sometimes dry in unusual fashion, blossoms, etc., but I just try to work with them.

Angela said...

Absolutely stunning!

Barb Sailor said...

Thanks, Angela!