Something I really enjoy when doing botanical art is painting large. I can see the details of my subject very well.
Yes, I have bad eyesight, but who doesn´t have it when you´re dedicated to painting or working in arts & crafts where you spend hours stuck looking at the same thing.
But in this case, when I painted this garlic, not only was I wearing my new glasses, I also had my son’s magnifying glass, which for being a “toy” magnifying glass with light and x6 magnification, it was incredible! All those spots and textures in purples, blues, and pinks.
The pigments used in this botanical art were:
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The size of this illustration is around 30x25cms.
Using several different techniques, and many layers I achieved the richness of tone in this beautiful garlic.
Before painting, I made a quick sketch in graphite pencil to identify lights and shadows. I also added some comments on which watercolor application methods I would use and which pigments would be the most appropriate.
I spent about two to three painting sessions.
Finally, I had the pleasure of working slowly, using a magnifying lens and watching closely as the paint entered the crevices of the paper.
Now that’s something pleasing to look at!
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