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Light Lettuce (Idea #12) by Annilina

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Light Lettuce (Idea #12) by Annilina

Light Lettuce, 17 x 23 cm

Title and Medium

Title:"Light Lettuce". Painted on 300 g watercolor paper (Saunders Waterford S:t Cuthbert´s Mill), 17 x 23 cm

I used Winsor & Newton watercolors. Winsor Lemon, Permanent Sap Green, Winsor Blue (Green Shade), Burnt Sienna, Prussian Blue and a little Permanent Alizarin Crimson in the darkest spot in the middle.

Artist's Statement

I really like different green colors and I wanted to paint a lettuce, something I have never painted before (it looks so complicated!). I wasn´t sure how to do it, so I bought a lettuce and took some photos of it, but it still looked very complicated. Then I decided to simplify it, to ignore all the lines and nerves on the leaves and just to make it as simple as possible.

I didn´t use any pencil lines at all, everything is painted with brush and water and colors. Started with the background, then went on with the outlines of the lettuce and when it was all dry I painted one leaf at a time. It had to dry completely between every leaf, so it took me three days to complete it.

When I was done it looked too pretty, so I spattered some paint on top of it....

What I'd Do Differently

  • Maybe I should have painted the nerves and lines on the leaves too......
  • I would try to make the spattering more varied, more different sizes and colors. Or perhaps no spattering at all!
  • But I like the colors very much, they look so clean!

Marion Boddy-Evans, About.com Painting, says:

My first thought when I looked at the photo was the gorgeous sense of light in the lettuce leaves. You've got the texture and the way light shines through, as well as used the watercolor beautifully -- hard edges in places, flowing in others. Simplifying it for the first attempt at lettuce leaves definitely worked! Adding the veins etc. would change it totally, and I'd leave that for another painting.

I don't think this painting wants any more spattering, the light touch is perfect for the way you've painted the leaves; any more would distract and get too busy.
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