We had a few days this week where we experienced summer like temperatures even though it's the end of February. That got me longing to go outside and paint from life. As much as I enjoy painting from pictures, a necessity when there are no flowers outside, there's a freshness and vibrancy that happens when you paint a flower from life that I miss.
Today's lotus flower watercolor painting study came out really pale. Too pale even for me. When that happens, I typically add pen and ink to enhance the individual petals. However, I ended up outlining the entire petal in ink rather than sensitively adding ink as an enhancement.
I'm a big fan of the work of James Gurney. He's mastered several artistic mediums and has a huge career for someone with a degree in archaeology that dropped out of art school. I've noticed that he carries colored pencils or watercolor pencils with him in his field sketching kit. I'm going to dig out my set of watercolor pencils so I can use them to enhance rather than ink.