Monday, June 22, 2015

Irons In The Fire

A Study In Neutrals
6" x 6"
(watercolor on aquabord)

I have lots of irons in the fire lately.  Don't worry, I haven't given up on the piggy though - still need to finish a couple more whiskers. 

I spent some time with my dad yesterday morning of course and then later in the afternoon attended The Salem Cross Inn's Drover's Roast, where I painted the little painting above. It's just about done although I may tweak a shadow or two to create a little more drama.  

Below is the peony painting I began at the end of last week. I'm excited to paint the background.  It's going to be very dark. I got a little advice from the amazing Ali Cavanaugh who was kind enough to share with me how she tackles dark backgrounds on aquabord. Basically it just comes down to layers. Doesn't everything?  :)  So here's my first one.

Thank you for stopping by.


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  2. Kara, your work is stunning. I have just started to paint on aquabord...I do find it quite challenging, but I am inspired by the gorgeous work you achieve on this very special surface. Do you mind if I ask you a question: do you use a hairdryer to dry your washes?

  3. Hi, Kara! I like your peony painting very much (well, to be honest, I love all your paintings!!!) and the background here is fantastic, but how did you do that? I mean... how did you paint the dark backgroung without getting the peony dirty?
    Thank you very much!


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