A fragrant rose


This painting started with a loose sketch using Derwent’s watercolour art bars. Their solid sticks can be used wet or dry so I usually start with a dry line drawing and spray the paper to activate the pigment before I start painting. I then work on the damp page, working the art bars into the paper to add weight to the lines and tones.

Today my water spritzer widget wouldn’t work so in my panic and haste – before the moment was lost! – I grabbed a bottle of fabreze which gave a lovely fine, fragrant mist and did the job admirably.

The finished painting is now framed and under glass, ready for sale (Here), so any lingering fragrance is encapsulated within.


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