I was truly able to indulge my fascination with water droplets by painting “Camellias in the Rain.”

I had already dealt with patiently masking flower petals on my earlier painting of Camellias. However, now I found myself masking hundreds of tiny water droplets upon both the petals and leaves. Sometimes the droplets were sharply defined, and at other times they were blurry. When I finished my painting, I felt very accomplished!As with all of my recent paintings, my process began by combining many digital photos into a layout. This project was especially unique because my images came from a friend’s garden across the world. Blossom (a perfect name for her) lived in Australia and from the moment I saw her beautiful images on social media, I was inspired.

My first big layout decision was whether to use one flower or two. It was a really tough choice, but I decided to go for more. I created several layouts before settling on my favorite.

This painting required intensive masking. I painted the flowers first and once they were finished, I covered them with frisket masking film to give clean edges against the dark tones. For tiny droplets, I didn’t have the patience to cut them out. Instead, I used liquid frisket, which is like rubber cement. I share my painting as it progressed.

It’s easier for me to cut the frisket film if I outline all the areas with a pencil first. I draw directly on the film.

I painted the interior of the hanging droplets first – they looked so strange without the darker background behind them. But once they were finished, they became my favorite part of the painting.

Creating my signature with a crow-quill pen and white ink holds a lot of challenges.

I often use frisket a second time. First to mask the image, and second to keep the dark areas from bleeding into the lighter area.

My painting required many hours, but it was so satisfying to create. After it was finished, I ordered a print and had it shipped to Blossom in Australia. She was clearly delighted and appreciative. I was, too. How wonderful to appreciate the beauty of these beautiful flowers and give joy to my friend across the world!

About Judy

I'm an illustrator by profession. At this juncture in my life, I am pursuing my dream of writing and composing music. Every day of my life is precious!
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16 Responses to #67 CAMELLIAS IN THE RAIN

  1. Belinda O says:

    Amazing, Judy! I think you’ve perfected the water droplets many times over, they look beautiful and so natural. You have a gift that I envy (in a good way).

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  2. Hi! I jumped over to your blog from your comment on Ann’s blog and I just wanted to tell you how much I love your art! Your painting of the flowers and water droplets is gorgeous! And, I loved that you shared your process (even though I’m not a painter, I really enjoyed seeing the work in progress).

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  3. Shan Emanuelli says:

    Hey, Judy. I thought of you when the announcement for this exhibition landed in my email. Maybe it will interest you: vielmetter.com/exhibitions/plants-now
    (I hope this isn’t a duplicate message–can’t tell if the previous one actually posted.)
    Best wishes,

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    • Judy says:

      Thank you so much for commenting, Shan. I just looked up the exhibition and it sounds right up my alley. I appreciate your sharing this info with me and keeping in touch. Hope you are enjoying your summer. 🙂


  4. Ann Coleman says:

    You know I love your paintings, but I also loved your sharing the process with me. As someone with zero artistic talent, I am fascinated by those who can create so well with paintings and drawing!

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  5. lorriebowden says:

    Dearest Judy! Your work is so incredibly beautiful! I know I saw this when you sent me the finished image, but I love to come read how you painstakingly create each tiny piece of your paintings!!! I am inspired by your creativity…all of it! And I know that all of your creations come from all you have learned from all of life’s hard times…and the good as well! You are authentic and it shows in everything you do…Sweet Blessings for a wonderful new week ahead 💜

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    • Judy says:

      Thank you so much, dear Lorrie! I appreciate how you understand that so many feelings can go into an artistic creation. Your comment is lovely and please know how much I appreciate you!

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  6. Judy says:

    Thanks, Lorrie!! I sure will! You,too!!


  7. Berto Berto says:

    My mind can’t comprehend the process and time you spend on this super beautiful art. I still find it unbelievable how fascinating and realistic this painting is. Truly amazing! There are only a few artists that make my heart excited when I look at their works, and you are one of them. I love your talent so much.

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    • Judy says:

      Berto, what can I say? Your comment is so uplifting and special. I am very touched that I could excite you with my work. I appreciate your appreciation! 🙏🙏🙏


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