|Untangling the Tangle
Continued from Part I. Once the composition is transferred onto the watercolour paper, I will usually draw the image out in pencil and develop it further then paint and finally use a pen. However with this painting, after drawing out the figure more clearly and working out the top middle section, I dived straight into the pen-work...mainly because the briars were so entwined that I needed to make sure I had got them right... I had to be careful not to go over bits that were supposed to go under the figure...and I wanted them to go over and under and around each other like celtic knot work...
|The Tangle Revealed
|The Sap is Rising
|Entwined and Entwirled
|Green Girl Dreaming
I painted the girls dress grass green with large daisies emblazoned upon it to represent her life force and innocence. Her hair grows lush and long and entwirls with the briars in strawberry blonde strands....
Finally the landscape and birds are picked out with a light wash of paint around the edges to enhance the hills and trees.
|In a Tangle (Briar Rose) by Sarah Turpin