I gently scooped a ladybird and put her on a spider plant and quietly observed her under a magnify glass. Knowing where she was, I made a mental note on her position on the paper. I did not want to dent the surface of untouched watercolor paper with pencil or eraser. Fully aware that the brush mark would be permanent, I meditated for a minute then set go. With a synthetic brush and diluted watercolor ivory black on a palette, I started with the lightest leaves first then went darker. I pressed the dry brush down real hard to get the light effect on part of the leaves that bent toward the light. Then I added the ladybird and the stem. It was an enjoyable exercise. I started another...before let her go back into the garden!
|Exciting brush work, watercolor on paper, 21x29.5cm|