First WIP Look at the Angel Piece
Second posting in one day! Now this doesn't happen often... hm, like never, is more accurate. ^^; Because I was resting my hands from all the weed pulling (and digging and mixing) I've been doing, I actually got around to get started in watercolor on the angel piece I showed earlier this month.
The color phase is always more fun for me than the extreme mental effort (absolute focus required) of inking phase. :D This is a lot more relaxing and if I make a mistake, I could always follow the advice of Bob Ross ("There are no mistakes. Only happy accidents.") and turn a mistake into a happy accident... or lift the color a little and rework the area again later. Things are not as unforgiving as they seem. ^_^
Anyhow, the first phase was a wash in the shades of brown with some table salt for random texture. Now it's back to being warm (higher than average daily high again) and dry, speed becomes an issue. (I love painting with watercolor in the middle of a thunder storm where things don't dry out so quickly. :D ) After it dried, I started out putting in the shades. Probably about 1/3 of the way through... maybe? Nowhere near done, that's for sure, but she's been a joy to work on. Something magical happens when I'm working on her -- the energy that comes to me is very calming and loving ... angelic and peaceful. Overall, a very good, positive feeling.
I'm planning on making the roses some shades of pink and have more subdued color to this. It's not planned as a monochromatic in a strict sense of the word. It's just looking that way so far. ^_^ Would be putting highlights and maybe even give her wings some slight iridescence with some acrylic paint. I love working with brown wash as a base. It seems to help ground my mood as I get going with colors.