At the end of February it is time to hand in paintings for the SBA exhibition which is held in Westminster, London in April. I have decided to put some work in for it this year; the Autumn Treasure painting and the Hippeastrum Picotee. Not sure what else to put in yet.
Its a long way to travel and quite an expensive venture; the frames, travelling, and time off work all add up. If the paintings don't sell I will organise them to be picked up from London(as I can't take more time off work then!!) -I have used a courier before who dropped them off in Bristol for me to drive and collect,as its closer to Wales. The exhibition shows so many amazing paintings (around 700) from artists all over the world. Not all of it is strictly botanical (like my gouaches) but this makes for a much more varied and interesting show.
I'm still painting Amaryllis - Hippeastrums at the moment , this time a whitish bud opening up in gouache. Its going a lot slower this time.
Some friends wanted me to post a step by step of Hipp. Picotee - so here it is.
I'm not sure which I find easier or prefer - transparent watercolours or opaque gouache. They both pose different problems and sometimes there's a stage half way through a painting where you feel like giving up because it looks like a mess. You feel like you'll never turn it around. Best just to turn up the music, keep your head down and plod on with it. It usually comes round in the end.