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March 30th, 2014

Two Daffodils

Kelli McNichols’ daffodils are a welcome reminder that warm weather in this part of the world is not far off. “This painting of daffodils was inspired by flowers I purchased on a recent trip to my local market. Their sunny yellow color was the perfect antidote for all the snowstorms we have had this winter. Normally my botanical pieces are done in colored pencil but this time I chose watercolor pencils.

I wet the background with clean water then dragged a damp brush across the pencil so that I could apply the pigment like traditional paint. Using this technique I was able to randomly add puddles of blue, violet, and green and let them mix on the paper to create the background. I used complementary colors so the warm yellow would appear to pop off the page. Before the background had fully dried I wiped the same pencil colors over a very wet brush and flicked it over the paper to create the splatters. The flowers were sketched with dry pencils in shades of yellow and orange then wet to blend everything together. Once the petals were dry I added more detail with dry pencils.

I have yet to see signs of spring in my garden but at least these flowers are a reminder that spring is on the way. More of my work can be seen on my website:

MEDIA: Water-soluble colored pencils
SURFACE: Zeta Series – 180 lb. – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish



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