Watercolor and mixed media on canvas
12 x 12 inches
When you want to paint from imagination, starting with an abstract background gives you a good starting point to try to see shapes. There are many ways to start an abstract background, here it is with watercolor on canvas.
Here are the steps you can take to paint a mixed media still life from imagination
Start by mixing watercolors wet in wet on the canvas using a dropper.
If you want to, you can spray alcohol to help with the formation of abstract patterns.
Let the canvas dry. As this are watercolor and they could be very easily lifted up form the canvas,, you will need to spray the painting with fixative once it is dry before the next steps.
If you want more complexity, you can paint additional layers, here a layer of turquoise blue acrylic.
Now this is where the real fun starts. On the same idea as the Rohrbach test, try to guess shapes in the design. Here I see little flowers.
Outline the main contours of the shapes you see.
Block those shapes by painting all the negative space with white acrylic.
You can introduce more colors as you go, like here on the vase.
You can draw on top of shapes to add definition.
and add designs with markers, here I used Sakura pigma micron markers.
A white oil marker will work well on a darker background.
The finish painting: English Garden