Modern Watercolor...Succulents

Modern Watercolor...Succulents - student project

Initially I skipped over this class because I'm not that into painting florals (yet!) but I loved Amarilys' other classes so much that I enrolled anyway :) I'm glad I did because I learned a lot about these painting techniques.

So I followed my interests and worked with succulents instead of doing the flowers (which I may do at some point).

I started by sketching out a little grouping of plants, arranged like a landscape feature: 

Modern Watercolor...Succulents - image 1 - student project

And I was really fascinated with the opaque Vintage approach. I didn't have white acrylic, and used Copic Opaque White pigment. 

Modern Watercolor...Succulents - image 2 - student project

Things that worked well:

  • I loved mixing up these muted tones!
  • it was looking really sparse until I added the indigo shapes to fill in the back
  • the little pear cactus fruits were a last-minute addition and I think they're really cute, plus it ties in with the pink cactus in front
  • I like layering on the different accents for depth and highlights — I pushed farther with these details that I normally would, so that was fun

Things that I struggled with:

  • I think I was too stingy with the pigment/used too much water because I had some paper show-through
  • my edges are messier than I'd like, not smooth and crisp like in the videos
  • I was feeling a little rushed when finishing this painting up, and I don't think it looks as polished as I'd intended

As I was finishing this one, I did an image search for "succulent bouquet" and holy cow! There are some beautiful, striking arrangements that would be awesome for the other two techniques.

Amy Lamp
Designer, maker, pet enthusiast