Last of the poppies and last of the flowers I think. Time to move on to something else.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Since I have been having such great success with my flowers I thought I would try another flower that I love but have never been able to paint properly. I think these huge red poppies are just amazing because of the bright red color with the dark purple centers.
I am happy with the brightness of the colors. If you have been following my progress you will remember that one of my frustrations is getting the colors bright enough. I realized with the California Poppies that I needed to use almost straight rather than try to build up the color with a lot of thin washes.
The red of this poppy is Napthol Red (Mid-Tone) basically straight from the tube with very little water added. I created the light areas by lifting the color with clear water and a tissue. The darker red was created by adding a touch of dark green to the Napthol Red. The purple was created by mixing Napthol Red and Cobalt Blue.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I love California Poppies and have always wanted to capture the bright cheerfulness I feel when I look at them. I had gone on a walk-about last week and taken more reference pictures of poppies in bright sunlight. When I decided to paint the poppies today I had forgotten that I had attempted them in September - two days before the roses in yesterday's post.
I love the way today's painting turned out and it was exactly what I was hoping to achieve.
Monday, June 14, 2010
What a difference 8 months has made in my art! On September 27, 2009 - Day 48 - I attempted to paint a rose (top picture) and failed miserably. Tonight I painted another rose and the results are so much better. The funny thing is that from what I can remember I used the same technique to paint both roses.
I think the difference is that over time and with experience I have learned how to see the form and subtle value changes that I was unable to see before. My first rose painting was like a child's drawing. You could tell what it was suppose to be but it didn't look realistic because it lacked the correct value and form.
I used to think that if I wanted to get better at painting a certain subject that I would have to paint that subject over and over again. I realize now that the subject isn't as important as seeing value, contrast, shadow and highlights. By improving in those areas I was able to improve all my paintings.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
For tonight's painting I used a two different techniques to paint the flower. For the dark purple petals I started with a dark wash and then lifted the color using clear water. The white petals and centre of the flower I built up the color with multiple washes.