|"Poppies alla Jan Kunz" watercolor on paper 11.5 x 8 inches / 29 x 20 cm.|
|work in progress, developing the flower shapes and adding detail|
|my wash drying|
It was a huge challenge to attempt to emulate her work - mainly because I wished my painting to look somewhat like hers, I felt discouraged when it did not. At her suggestion, my palette was made up of new gamboge (since I could not find it, I replaced it with Winsor yellow deep), burnt sienna, ultramarine blue and Winsor blue (replaced by cerulean for the same reason as above).
It is a valuable pursuit to try to enter into the thought process of someone
with as much experience as Jan. I tried to copy her watercolor and as unhappy as I am with the result, I feel I have gained valuable insight on how I should try to go about in my own paintings.
I would love to hear what your favorite art instruction books are.