Painting “Nocturne” was an exciting new avenue to explore.  This week I prepared canvas panels for my Studio Class students and me to experiment with watercolor.  None of us had ever tried this technique but it turned out to be quite satisfactory as a versatile watercolor surface.  Most importantly, canvas won’t need to be put under glazing (glass or plexiglass).  What a good thing!  Here’s my first try; my demo watercolor on canvas:

Nocturne, 11 x 14" transparent watercolor on canvas panel
Nocturne, 11 x 14″ transparent watercolor on canvas panel

4 thoughts on “Nocturne”

  1. Susan,
    Did you use regular OR watercolor canvas? Was it already stretched on a box-type frame or did you stretch it yourself?

    Did you “negative paint” around the flowers?

    Is the “black” background a tube black or a mixed “black”?

    I’m assuming these florals were hand-painted (i.e.not pressed, laid down and painted around as you do in your botanical paintings, is that right? Thanks, Lynne

    1. Thanks for asking, Lynn. I just used a regular canvas panel to try out Daniel Smith’s watercolor ground. I’d had it for a couple of years but only ever tried it to make corrections on paper and I wasn’t impressed with it so I put it away. Now I’m excited by this result and the possibility of occasionally getting my paintings out from under glazing.

      BTW other companies also make similar products. I think Golden makes watercolor ground, too. It makes any surface feel like wc paper texture.

      I did “negative paint” with a mixed black. I aim for a couple of my favorite darkest darks on my palette and let them fuse on the surface of the painting. In this case, Carbazole Violet and Sap Green Dark (Daniel Smith).

      I did paint these outright, not using the botanical technique. The purpose of this painting was a quick demo, painted from my imagination/memory of my garden flowers. (read: I was in a hurry! hahaha)

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