Negative Painting

 "Rosebush", watercolor, 10x14

"Rosebush", watercolor, 10x14

This is a watercolor I recently completed using negative painting. I started with a very loose wash, my only plan being the placement of flowers. I had a photo for reference, but only used it as a guide. I worked intuitively in building up the leaves and stems in several layers. In working this way, I find that I am doing more looking and thinking than actual painting! I always try to leave some of the freshness and blending of colors in my initial wash come through in the final piece.