Monarch #2

This one came a little easier. It is painted from an image by photographer Steven Niewoehner. The problem with painting from such an amazing photograph is that it is already a piece of artwork so you have to approach it with different intentions. I had a hard time photographing this because the colors just don’t pop the way they do in person, especially the thistle. I have figured out a few things about watercolor like: 1) the brushes make all the difference 2) the paper makes all the difference too (this is on 400lb. cold pressed Arches) 3) figuring out the quantity of a mixed color and the ratio of water to paint are both important 4) if you don’t have a process you are up the creek without a paddle

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Christine Holzschuh

About Christine Holzschuh

I am a self taught artist who has been influenced by the following people:  my mom (June Hovekamp Osgood), Sean Dye, Jane Neroni, Karin Jurick, Carol Marine, and Qiang Huang.  I am painting daily now after a career in education.  Art is my passion and I am learning every day.