here is a partially-open seed pod, hiding amongst the pansies and chard
here is a full, seed-laden pansy seed pod. I adore it!
This satisfies my obsession with circles, things pressed together, and more!
I made a very basic drawing based on two photographs: one of the partially open seed pod (seen above) and of my pansy blossom. I masked certain elements of the drawing with frisket to preserve the white paper color.
I'm using a limited palette of M. Graham gouache paints.
I popped the watercolor pans out of this little travel paintbox and squeezed in the gouache.
Before painting, I dripped water into each pan to allow the paint to soften up.
Using the edge of the wood carving tool I applied frisket, a latex resist, to areas of the drawing and allowed it to dry.
Once the frisket was dry I began to apply "washes" of color to the background.
When I was ready to begin working into the seed pod, I simply peel off the frisket!
Same with the pansy blossom: keeping the frisket intact while filling the color in helped me
maintain the edge.
Working light to dark, I fill in the shadows around the individual seeds
more frisket removal....
painting some background leaf veins
Now, I am using the edge of my wood tool to etch some additional veining into the paper.
When I wash more color across the area, the paint will attract to the etched areas.
When using water media, remember that water "has a memory": if I wash in a specific area
I can add more drops of paint and it will be contained in that area. Always have a clearly defined
wet-to-dry edge for this to work.
Sorry this is turned sideways, but here is the finished painting, followed by 2 details