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Garden surprise

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Garden Surprise. Acrylic plein air

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Painting Flowers in Acrylic taught by Micah Ganske

Paint a stunning floral still life with ease in this FREE class! Learn how to bring color, composition and technique together to create an acrylic work of art.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Painting
Type Painting
Subject Floral
Material Acrylic Paint
Style Plein Air
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Hi I used some of the tips from Micah's class in this piece and then took my easel outdoors to block in the composition from the roses in my garden. I mostly paint abstracts, so for me this was something of a different challenge. Lots of layering and colour mixing went into this piece and the finishing was done in my studio. Any tips on improving the work is appreciated as this is the first piece of this type I have done. Cheers.

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Is the piece for sale? Yes

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What are you most proud of? Colour mixing subtleties that are present in this piece.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I stopped painting after I blocked everything in, put the piece away and then came back to it. I think this helps silence the inner critic and gives you more objectivity when you revisit it with fresh eyes. Have fun.

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Do you think the petals should be more defined on this piece? What of the use of blue variations in bringing the piece forward...does it work?

06/22/2014 Flag

I don't think the petals need to be defined more because the brush strokes you used were "expressionistic"(?). The abstract background works well with the consistent strokes throughout the piece. If you add more detail to the petals, I feel it would be unbalanced then would need more detail in the leaves and background. Hope that makes sense. The blue does work. I would darken the background more though. Besides the top right being very light; it's hard to tell where the light source is. This is just my opinion. With art, whatever looks and feels good to you is great. Good luck!

11/08/2014 Flag

Pretty I like the contrast of the foreground against the background and the hues it makes you feel that you in thr garden looking at these particular flowers

08/17/2014 Flag

Thank you for your comment. It gives me renewed energy to paint the coming "Spring' garden that is almost upon us here in Western Australia!

08/22/2014 Flag