Another very interesting point to this story is that after all three of these paintings were "finished," I ended up doodling them with my dip pen! I've seen many professional artists use a dip pen (rather than a Micron pen) and I've been intrigued to try it myself. Because I had a good attitude about practicing and playing, using my dip pen for the first time was a perfect scenario.
The other day, I felt like practicing painting flowers; specifically, roses (which I suck at) so I grabbed a reference from Pinterest and began practicing using Strathmore 5x7 watercolor paper. The first piece is with the dreaded rose, which I ended up not being happy with. Adding the doodling with my dip pen was just what it needed!
Here's my reference photo:
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