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Saturday, 25 September 2010

Watercolour - Red and Brown Onions

I did a considerable number of watercolour paintings of onions before I felt I had achieved that thin translucency of the papery outside skin and also the shine that I wanted.

Watercolour is a tricky medium and I admire people who master the odd mode in which one has to work: fast, yet relaxed; patient, yet know when to stop before it becomes overworked and looks laboured. I suspect I've forgotten how to achieve it these days.


  1. I've no idea, of course, what you consider a considerable number to be in this context but you've certainly achieved the stated objective. In fact I like it - very much.

  2. Nice job with the onions. Very loose. Check out this artist.


    He is my favorite watercolorist. We are lucky enough to have 3 of his pieces. He has done a couple of workshops in SA. Delightful and very personable too.

    1. I have only today read your comment here Judy. Don't know how it slipped through.. What a generous painter to also share tips on the back of his work. Thanks for his link.


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