Watercolor Journal


                I did this one to use as for an introduction slide in the videos. I had been wanting to do this type of illustration work from some time. The kind reminiscent of the greeting cards of yesteryears and which were usually associated with watercolors. These kind of paintings, are called high-key paintings, and they are done completely in low or mid values with no dark tones at all. They bring back some sweet memories for me, they are so charming, with pale colors and wishy washy effects which leave much room for the imagination to soar. Though in this painting of mine, I couldn`t help the brighter colors creeping in unawares. Well, maybe for some other projects in the future. Low-key paintings are built completely from high and mid values. So, high-key is low values and low-key is high values. Don`t ask me why they are named in the reverse way! I usually use the full spectrum of values in my paintings.

               Lila snapdragons



                     I had shot these snapdragons growing on the wayside and in our balcony in the summer. They look so interesting because of their bright colors and also because of the way they are arranged on the spike, with fully opened and partially opened ones at the bottom and buds at the top. To use as a reference for the girl, I got my son to take my snap in a sundress. I wet the flower area and marked the outlines of some of the violet flowers in watercolor pencils Faber Castell magenta, pink madder lake, middle purple pink. The colors will flare and merge a bit with the water on the paper. You can nudge the colors a bit more with a damp brush and add light violet for the inner petal areas and buds. Add the leaves in the same way with light green, emarald green, helio turqouise. Permanent green olive is actually a perfect not-too-bright-and-artificial-looking green but I donot have this color in watercolor pencils, have it only in colored pencils, so I put down some hard marks with it. Also put some green in the buds. The yellow snapdragons have dark cadmium yellow, pink madder lake and magenta. The dress is in DS hansa yellow medium. Add some folds with dark cadmium yellow and shadows under the folds with green on the grass.

girl gardening

girl gardening

                 I added some skin tones, hair, crinkles on the dress with mixes from my previous painting. Put in a green-gray wash behind the foliage and for the grass.The watering can has cool grey 4. Finished with some butterflies and bird.                          

Watercolor Journal


  1. Wow, Neelima, u r a great artist and nice to see your work on snapdragons…Keep the good work on….

    Thanks for inviting to be a part of your blog….


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