Watercolor artist Carol Carter is known for her vibrant, non-local figurative work, but she’s also got a penchant for watercolor flowers.
“Initially, I was reluctant to paint flowers—I thought I was only a figurative painter,” she says. “I found, though, that it wasn’t difficult for me to switch gears; every painting has its own unique look or energy.”
One of the ways the artist achieves a unique appearance for her floral works is by creating a close-cropped composition, one that incorporates a lot of the image in the picture plane. “Color and sweeping brushstrokes also add energy,” she says. “The florals I paint are bold, incorporating both loose paint and wet washes. I use a lot of fresh color and clean water, mixing the colors directly on the paper, to create a pure aesthetic.”
Learn more about Carter’s use of colors in her “Swimmers” series in the October 2016 issue of Watercolor Artist. Available at northlightshop.com in print or as a download on July 26 and on newsstands August 16.