More study and exploring the lessons/exercises in the Ewa Karpinska book, Wet-on-Wet Watercolour Techniques. Love the book and love the paintings inside. I'm trying to relax into the loose style and let things happen and blur and then add detail or interest after the paper is almost dry again.
It definitely is a learning process - but I think this is a year's goal. By the end of this year, I may be more comfortable and able to articulate what I want to see in my own paintings in the wet-in-wet and loose style. For now, I'll just keep trying and practicing and perhaps gaining muscle memory that will allow me to do my own paintings this way.
It helps to work on at least 1/4 sheet and no smaller - better yet to work on a 1/2 sheet watercolor paper - and the Saunders Waterford is a good paper for this loose and wet way of painting.
In looking at this again, after I posted it, it was obvious that I had hard edges and deeper color in the berries and pods but didn't do the same with the greenery coming out of the purple jug so it doesn't look right. I'll recheck Ewa's version and see how she accomplished the look of the fronds coming out of the water in the jug and then being more distinct when they are outside the jug. (Sometimes you can see those things for yourself in your own painting - sometimes you need extra eyes.)
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