Yikes!—That’s a Big Sheet of Paper!

Large watercolor in the Currents & Eddies series by Lynne Baur, in progress.
I’m working on an exciting commission for Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, MN. When completed, this piece will be on three large panels, and will be the largest piece in this series to date. This large sheet of paper (about 32×55″) is from a roll—no double-elephant available in time, alas! Just for fun, I left a camera […]

I’m working on an exciting commission for Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, MN. When completed, this piece will be on three large panels, and will be the largest piece in this series to date. This large sheet of paper (about 32×55″) is from a roll—no double-elephant available in time, alas!

Just for fun, I left a camera running for the first couple of hours of work and compiled a short video so you can see how the paintings in this series get started.  There was a small problem with video quality settings that I didn’t discover until afterwards, but I think you can still get the idea. Hope you enjoy this little behind-the-scenes sneak peek!

P.S. If any of you watercolorists out there have some slick tricks for cutting watercolor paper off a roll without swearing as it constantly tries to curl up again, I’m all ears!

Update: If you’re curious how this all turned out, you might want to have a look at these articles, which will take you through this commission (two large triptychs) from start to finish. 🙂

Update on the “Giant Painting”

The “Giant” Painting is Now 3 Panels

Second Large Triptych Completed

You may also like . . . 

The Lazy Way to Build Painting Confidence

The Lazy Way to Build Painting Confidence

This article is the third in a series. The preceding articles are: Is My Painting Done? Are You a "Photocopier"? There's a Better Way In response to the last article, a reader made a couple of excellent points about why it's sometimes difficult to deviate from a...

read more

Are You a “Photocopier”? There’s a Better Way

This article is the second in a series. To read the first article, "Is My Painting Done?", click here. In the next few articles in this series, I'll introduce some ideas you can use to help you plan paintings that are more expressive, powerful and meaningful to you....

read more
Is My Painting Done?

Is My Painting Done?

This article is the first of a series on creating more powerful, personal and expressive paintings. When I teach watercolor classes or workshops, there is often a moment where a student comes up to me, thrusts a painting into my face and demands: Tell me what's wrong...

read more
Phthalo Green—How To Tame It

Phthalo Green—How To Tame It

In the last post, I offered some tips for mixing natural-looking landscape greens, the first of which was "avoid tube greens involving phthalo green". So, what do you do with the phthalo green (and mixtures using it) you already have? The secret is to tame it a bit so...

read more
Better Landscape Greens

Better Landscape Greens

The weather is beautiful here. It's the time of year when a lot of us are feeling that pull to take our paints and sketchbooks outside. It's also the time of year that a lot of people struggle with GREEN! Do the greens in your landscapes look flat and unnatural? The...

read more
Line and Wash – Watercolor Painting Anyone Can Do

Line and Wash – Watercolor Painting Anyone Can Do

Line and wash is a combination of line drawing with watercolor washes to suggest a scene. It’s a great way to get started with watercolor, or with travel sketching, even if you “can’t draw” and have never tried watercolor before!

read more