Sunflowers with a Twist

Using Abstract Lines

In one of my previous posts I experimented with creating some lighter abstract lines in my painting. It was so much fun, I decided to try it again with a painting of sunflowers.

After tweaking my previous sunflower composition, I did a value sketch that also contained dark lines where I was going to place my frisket to save some abstract lines in the painting.

Here is a photo of my drawing on watercolor paper with my frisket lines applied.


Once the frisket was completely dry, I began painting in my background colors.

Here is a photo of the painting before the frisket was removed.

In this photo, the frisket lines have been removed. As you can see they are fairly stark.

“Sunflower Symphony” © Annie Glacken

The very last step of this painting was to tone down the frisket lines with a light wash of watercolor in a few areas.

In the future I may make some of my frisket lines differing widths to add interest. However, I really like this painting as it It makes me happy whenever I look at it. Isn’t that why we paint? In my book, I call that a success!

As always, the compositions in these exercises are copyrighted. Thanks!



8 Replies to “Sunflowers with a Twist”

  1. Annie, this is beautiful. Let me know if you ever decide to offer online classes. Love your work.

    • Betty, you are always so encouraging. Currently I don’t have any plans for online classes. I just recently taught two classes at the Florence Thomas school in West Jefferson, NC. I will be teaching Watercolor Batiks there this November and possibly some other classes next year. Maybe I will see you in one of those. Thank you so much for the comment.

    • Thank you Laura! I really enjoyed the painting process on this one. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your process. Hope to see you again soon.

    • Thank you Susan! I had a great time seeing you and Paul and meeting new folks at Florence! Maybe we will get together for nature sketching in July. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Really love this! I am always struck by the need to subtly adjust the whites so they don’t look quite so stark. I love that you talked about that!

    • Thank you Robin. Yes, the trick is to tame the whites down a little–but not too much! This was a fun process! Thanks for the comment.