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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Miniature Transparent Watercolour Workshop 6

This week I finished the quarter scale painting and have started a couple of new miniature paintings. I have shown the finished tiny painting above with my finished one twelfth scale watercolour. I don't have too much more to say about painting such a tiny painting other than it ends up looking very impressionistic. I think I prefer painting in one twelfth scale or bit larger unless it is an abstract painting. Reproductions with a lot of detail are more difficult in this size, mainly because my brush kept drying out and such a small space doesn't hold as much water. Probably I would enjoy quarter scale painting more with acrylics or oil paints.

In the fist photo, you can see that I have started another transparent painting that I'm really enjoying. We visited the Tuscany and then the Chianti region of Italy last winter and I loved it so much. I purchased a shopping bag with a rooster on it and a tiny Chianti bottle in the winery and have displayed them in my kitchen with a rooster and this bowl of fruit. I loved the fruits so I cropped the photo to paint a close up of the fruit. I loved the light from the window in the photo. I've included a smaller photo of the bowl of fruit for you to print out to give this workshop a try if you like.

Here is the matted watercolour paper with the sketch and paints, I am working on another piece of water colour paper in the background, very handy as paper that I can use try out my watercolours before they are added to the paper to see their intensity, since I want to start adding the transparent colours very lightly.

The photo above shows sketched in areas of the painting that I want to leave white. Really important to study the photo at this point. I have done a very light wash of Holbein Aureolin over the bananas, pears and apples.


Daniel Smith's Quinacirdone Coral was then added over the yellow in stages, this is one of my favorite watercolours and can be used very transparent and built up to be opaque. I love the way the bright red shines in the photo and I would like to have that happen in my painting, if I don't get too heavy handed. I also added Windsor Newton Gold Ochre in a very light wash over the bowl and background.

In this photo I have added washes of  Windsor Newton Cobalt Blue, trying to be as light as I can to leave the lovely red in the grapes. I've also used the cobalt to darken some of the background areas that will be gradually darkened with various colours of washes. Please have a look at the previous watercolour workshops where I explain the brushes, paper and watercolours I'm using.


  1. Lovely still life, it's great to see the painting in progress.

  2. Jean, lovely as always but I cannot even fathom working in 1/4 scale and hoping to even get something that looks remotely like it is supposed to! LOL! Happy Mother's Day.


  3. Wow Jean that is amazing...and so tiny. You make it look so easy :-)

    Thank you so very, very much for your donation and mentioning it on Facebook.

    The more people we can reach, the more money we can try and raise.

    I am so touched by the generosity of people both donating and helping me get the word out.

    Thank you xxx

  4. Me encantan tus trabajos eres una gran artista.
    Cuando decida empezar a pintar ( que sera dificl, porque soy muy torpe jejej), seguro que vendre a tu blog, para seguir tus clases magistrales.
    Aunque no pinte, me encanta seguirte, porque aprendo muchisimo.
    besitos ascension

  5. Great tutorial. Interesting to see how things have been created. Love your paintings.

  6. Thank you so much Margaret, Pan, Jody, Jayne and Ascension, that is so kind of you to each take the time to leave a comment.

    Jayne, I'm so pleased your wonderful giveaway is helping to raise money for such a worthy cause.

    Jody, I agree about quarter scale!

    You are all so kind!

  7. Absolutely lovely Jean!!! Thanks again for the tutorial and love your paintings and the motivs!!
    Warm regards,

  8. I am here as always , trying to learn :). I see that you have already decided the colours you will need for the paintings with the rows of water colour. In the course of my own effort (just painting walls and floors :) ) , I found often that if I did that, my paint would dry up on me..lol. That's how slow I am sometimes :).

  9. Maybe it will work out for me to make such piece of art with this wonderful workshop Jean!

    Thank you for sharing!

  10. Meli, Thank you very much and thank you also for taking the time to visit!

    Sans, The wonderful thing about watercolours, compared to acrylics is that they can be used dry, my paints are all dry in those containers. I just add the water as I need it, they start out wet but it is not necessary, so the watercolour paints last forever. If they dry in the package you can just cut it open and use the paint as block watercolour.

    Sabiha, I imagine you must enjoy doing watercolours and would be a terrific painter. Thank you very much.

  11. Facinating Jean, you are a very talented lady,

    Mary x

  12. Hi!
    Are perfects,thanks for the tutorial !
    In my blog there is a giveaway to participate just leave a comment!

  13. Mary, That is so kind of you to say!

    Maria, You are welcome, I will go to your blog to participate.

  14. omg u actually painted it? wow..you're the next da vinci!

  15. Good job Jean, very wonderful. Best wishes


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