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...