Experimenting with watercolours by painting a Wisley English Rose

I have been experimenting with watercolours recently. I am not a natural colourist and have to work really hard to make colour work for me. I am currently working on a series of oil paintings and I'm using these small studies of watercolour paintings to help build information for the big oils.

As I was painting this I was thinking how I want my work to be romantic, I want people to look at it and feel romanced. I find watercolours are romantic, they are lovely to use, you never really know which way they are going to bleed and move almost as if they have a life of their own. 

I love soft edges of colour, I'm not sure that I really achieved it as well as I wanted to in this picture but I will try and achieve it in my next. I really enjoy it when colours are very subtle and melt into the background.

It works when there is white space left in parts to create an outline effect. I love this look and it works so well in watercolours, I really want to push this further in my next painting. Over all I am happy with the effect that was created with this little piece. 

Caroline

Watercolour Wisley Rose work in progress  

Watercolour Wisley Rose work in progress  

Early stages of the Rose  

Early stages of the Rose