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.
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!