This illustration took 2nd place in OSA's Rose Contest last June.
It's title is "Tucked In"
watercolor on cradled Aquabord
I'm loving the clay surface of Aquabord... it absorbs water but pigment stays on top of the surface and can be removed as needed. That gives me the confidence to explore, as I can change what I don't like. It's easy to soften edges and the colors look so rich after varnishing. Plus, I love the ability to frame without glass. The wood cradles are a good, contemporary look. On this piece I've stained the wood to compliment the art, using thinned oil paints.