Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Yellow Orchid

Yellow Orchids, 5" x 7" Transparent Watercolor
This was done a few years ago, but I forgot to photograph it and post it at the time.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Final, W.I.P Magnolia in Crystal

"Spring Preview", 18" x 24", Transparent Watercolor
Ahhhhh, it's finished! This was only the second time I have attempted painting white flowers and the first time was a disaster. White is relative. There was actually no stark white left on the flower in the painting; everything had at least a hint of pink. The flower itself was white on the inside and purple on the outside, so it cast a lot of pink. I thought the crystal would be the hardest portion of this painting, but it turned out to be the flower and the shadow instead.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Starting from the petal on the bottom left and going counterclockwise, petal by petal. Several layers of color on each.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Step 2, W.I.P Magnolia in Crystal

I darkened the shadow, added the hint of a prism on the bottom right side of the table, and began the tedious work of the crystal. It's amazing how many colors you can see in the crystal when you look closely.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

W.I.P Magnolia in Crystal

18" x 24" - I started with the background on this painting since that is usually my least favorite part. I figured if I messed up now, there wouldn't be as much at stake. Warm reds and browns were used for the wall and a yellow/violet mixture on the tabletop. Not masking the whites saved a lot of time; it also meant I had to work quickly around all the shapes. The shadow is proving to be harder than I thought. It will need some darkening...