Monday, August 27, 2018

FADED PINK ZINNIA


I was looking forward to painting this zinnia because of all the different pink hues and especially the brown faded splotches!  I figured best to just work my way from one corner to the next especially so not to get my hands in wet paint and make smears.... But this beautiful flower made me decide to allow zinnias of different colors to start fading.  That seems to make for much more interesting painting!...

Filling in the base washes of color.  I usually only do a straight one color at a time approach on the base wash but adding a few more colors as I went helped to keep the petals separate for me.  It's so easy to "loose" your place as you go.... Some artist will mark petals on their photo with a magic marker to help keep their place when they are drawing or even painting.  

More on the base layer....

Here I start to add deeper and brighter layers on each petal.  Still usually wet on wet technique.  


At least two or three layers of paint on each petal now.  I'm loving all these different color mixes I'm using! 

My usual setup for painting in the evenings.... Sometimes I'll have several different size palettes of paint mixes going on at one time.  One of my favorite is the tiny little round palette in the center.  And the really long, rectangular one on the right side... it was an appetizer platter at Christmas time I found at Sam's (came with three different sizes).  Love the Billy Showell brushes and Anna Mason's make dry brush work easier for me!


Finished work.... I'm definitely looking forward to more "faded zinnia" painting!  But I hope to practice more on the really dark brownish black "crinkly" bits.  






Friday, June 8, 2018

CANNONBALL FLOWER


This incredible and stunning plant is a CANNONBALL FLOWER.  It grows on a tree somewhere no where I know! I fell in love with the bright oranges and reds and the cool "tentacle looking" things.  

I decided to try my hand using masking fluid for the inner part.  It would free me up to paint the inbetween bits.   First layer is Lemon Yellow (D.S.) and I started adding some reds....


There are so many color mixes for the purples, reds, oranges and then darker areas  using "Jane's Gray"... 


You can see on the bottom petal where I had used masking fluid.  I actually haven't finished the "tentacle" parts and haven't taken off the masking fluid on the center part.... There is more to do but I wanted to start on another study.... This is on the tiny block of Fabriano hot press paper.  I'm still trying to figure out which paper I like best.  This one seems to suit me okay!  

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

PARROT TULIP

I have been terrible lately about not updating my blog.... at least i have been doing a lot of painting.  And a whole lot of gardening!  Hydrophonic growing is addictive and soooooo different than regular growing seeds in soil.  My entire living room windows and floors are completely covered in seedlings of various stages.  And three plants grown completely in hydro growing have already bloomed!  Unreal!  This means many, many more zinnias to paint this year!!!!  A few ("Queen Red Lime" Zinnia) I am anxious to get blooming and paint!  It'll be a treat.  Enough about this, this ain't a gardening blog.... although I could do that too!!!!

I've been itching to paint the gorgeous PARROT TULIPS for a long time now but hadn't gotten up the nerve to try them until I finished the previous tulip study.  Gave me a little courage.

As usual, I painted a base layer using Lemon Yellow (D.S.)... I wanted to have some yellow to "glow" through all the other colors..

Now, I painted different mixes of greens, making sure my brushstrokes follow along the shapes of the petals.  I also added  light washes of "Jane's Gray mix" (Burnt Sienna and French Ultramarine Blue for a "botanical gray") to add shading for the underside of the "crinkles".  


Adding beautiful mixes of pinks help to show the "frilly bits"... I also began deepening the greens in places.  
I need to finish this one... but I enjoyed working on it.  The "frilly bits" and "crinkles" still are troublesome.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

SPRING TULIP TIME!


It's SPRING!!! Well, kind of...  never mind we might be getting snow this weekend!  My tulips are popping up and making me so happy!  I've been nervous to try frilly tulips because of all the crinkles and folds, etc.  But I'm hoping to learn more and more with each study so here I go:

I layed washes of Lemon Yellow and then added some warm washes of an orangish mix 

Adding brighter Lemon Yellows to the right hand side and different orangish mixes....Now, I use Cerulean Blue on the outer left side petals and then start adding some green mixes...I make sure my brush strokes follow along the natural angles of the petals to maybe help with the visual texture of the "streaks" of various hues of greens and blues... (that's the idea anyway)!

  I added more yellows and reddish oranges to the inner petals.....some darker blues and more greens to the outer petals...


Here I added much deeper greens and some Quin Magenta on the outter most petal on the right hand side....  I also added some deeper details trying to focus on the "crinkles" and folds.... I'm still trying to figure that out.  
I like the much darker blues and greens.  In the photo I was painting by the stem is this dark but I know better and shouldn't have painted it that dark.  Too late at night and not thinking!  The top half petals I haven't finished with detail work but got excited to start on a Parrot Tulip!  I'll come back to this one day and finish it up....

I'll add the color mixes tonight.

Monday, February 5, 2018

ECHINACEA study....


Echinaceas are such interesting flowers.... I never realized how many varieties there are until the past couple of years,  The most common one is a purple but then there is also pink, orange, red and even "double" varieties that are soooo pretty! I've kept seeds from all the many ones I grew last year and hope to have them come up all over the garden!  Everywhere would be just fine with  me!
I'm blocking in the warmer and cooler long shapes.  Enlarging the photo of the petal helps me to see shapes of colors instead of "crinkles" or "folds" that seem to scare me off....

The color mixes turned out okay but I still haven't gotten the jest of making the valleys and folds in each petal.  I know what I want to do but when I put brush to paper my passionate and desperate thoughts don't translate.....

On an interesting note,... I enjoy seeing other artist's growth in how they progress with their paintings.  Looking back last night I found the study of an Echinacea I painted about a year and half ago.  I had loved the colors of the one on top.... but I can see a difference in details of the newest one.   I remember Anna Mason (online teacher) mentioned that if you  keep looking and painting one day you'll really begin to "see" more.... more details, more colors, just the flower more in all it's beauty to recreate!   It's truly amazing the feeling when I realized I she is right!

SALVIA STUDY....


Salvias are lovely, intricate blossomed flowers  and some are even perennial in my garden! Bees and hummingbirds really enjoy the tiny little openings of each bloom.  At this point in my studies I decided I need to stop just painting and going with the flow and just hoping I might pick up on something new.... which has been working okay!  But now is the time to focus on certain aspects of a flower or certain techniques.  Like "crinkles" and "folds".... I wanted to show the "circles" on the bracts (I think they are called).... Why not try some masking fluid? So that's technically a "new" "technique".....

I can't for the life of me remember the name of this salvia but I brought it inside to overwinter in my sunroom (along with several hundreds of other plants....)  All was going well until last month's extreme cold and all the plants in the room FROZE TO DEATH and my heart cried out in such sorrow.... many plants were so important to me. Some I got from my Grannie's garden after she passed.   Beautiful, blooming geraniums, mandivillia , fuchsias and passion flowers, etc..... gone.  I'm still sick over it.

(very yellow bulb I have now switched out.... made for terrible photos and probably not very accurate color mixing... hem, that might explain a few things!)  I have such a time with wanting to draw in every little shape and line that makes up for the different areas of lighter and darker parts.  Does everyone else also do this or do you "wing it" or "eyeball" where the different areas change color?  Am I making any sense?  Probably not!

Got rid of that yellow light bulb!  I just love this darker purple mix with the little dots I had saved by using masking fluid.  Permanent Rose with Indanthrene Blue and then "Ruby Red" with Ultramarine Blue (both by RedWoood Willow).... gorgeous deep colors!  I'm not completely satisfied with how this turned out.... And I'm thinking the "crinkles" and "indentions" would look more accurate if I choose color mixes that are closer together instead of such extreme differences in tone (is that even the correct word)?  The Copic marker theory in choosing the colors for a "painting" really makes sense...https://www.copicmarker.com/blogs/copic/the-copic-color-system-explained




CARNATION STUDY

I found some beautiful flowers at Walmart (probably gearing up for Valentine's Day) which included this very pretty carnation.  I fell in love with the stripey red marks..... I kept the bouquet on my table where I paint.  From where I sat I could see the undersides of the blooms and I just thought they were really interesting.  This is also the time I decided to work more on color charts....

The first page of "green" mixes which helped me decide on the colors for the underside of the carnation...
The stripey red parts were interesting to paint.  It took a little bit to find the perfect colors for that part....and I ended up just using "Ruby Red" by RedWood Willow.  Its a beautiful darker red.
  *I see now how "yellowish" one of the bulbs in my lamps are..... what a difference between the photos!

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I feel I could probably make the stem a brighter green...

FADED PINK ZINNIA

I was looking forward to painting this zinnia because of all the different pink hues and especially the brown faded splotches!  I figured...