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Japanese Peony with color

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Watercolor Flower Bouquet taught by Mary Murphy

Paint a vibrant floral still life with essential skills that will transfer to every watercolor work you create!

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Category Painting
Subject Floral
Material Watercolor
Style Other
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. The flower is too close in value to the background, but if I go darker, I'm afraid I will loose the buds, which are actually my favorite part in this. The central part of the flower -- orange and green -- doesn't feel related to the rest of it, and whereas in the value study that center at least seemed physically attached, here it seems to be on a different plane or backwards. The flower also looks (and is) overworked. (And I never could figure out from the photo what is happening with the back petals, so in frustration I finally just eliminated part.) And Mary thank you for your previous suggestions for how to avoid glaring splotches; I wet the background first and used a lovely large flat wash brush. That went reasonably well until the purple began to flood in from the gummed edge left from the prior value study and I tried to "fix" it.

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Oh, and I did actually put the pink color (quinacridone rose? Schmincke calls it "magenta") in both the stems and background, then washed it over the center a few times. That probably is why the colors are at least somewhat happy to share the page.

08/29/2014 Flag

you wrote so much criticism about your beautiful painting that I started looking for things you are talking about. ) I did not see any of the things you mentioned being of any concern)) I personally love how stems are close in value to background. I think it wraps air around. My only suggestion is to change the green middle inside the flower, maybe glaze with yellow. I am saying it because that green is too close to greens of stems and therefore it connects with them visually making the flower itself secondary. and also a touch of yellow can bring more of purple out and it might help to unite the flower. I would do sort yellow. In oil paint it would be close to Naples yellow .

05/05/2015 Flag

Thank you. I did do some retouching of this earlier based on Mary's suggestions that helped some things, but not enough (it's a separate post here somewhere). I don't think after all the scrapping I did that I could get away with a glaze on this, but I might try just cut and paste of Naples yellow to see what that does. would yellow bring out purple because it is opposite on the color wheel? That also makes total sense that the similarity of the greens decreases the flower's sense of importance. I do try to look at what I'm doing critically so that by pushing myself to articulate what doesn't seem to be working I can learn more. Unlike sculpture, which I spent the first half of my life doing, I'm still so new to this that I'm often not at all sure why something isn't working or how I might go about improving it.

05/05/2015 Flag

A sculptor! That is interesting. Is there any place I can look at your works in sculpting?

05/05/2015 Flag

No, just photos at this point. I finished an MFA at RISD when I was 30, then followed an odd path into philosophy. Hmm, is it possible to post images here that aren't part of a class?

05/05/2015 Flag

Yes. You can just post a project, I will find it under your name. The art is the best thing you can do now. I had my battle with cancer as well. Doing art really helped. I was doing Chinese brush painting while going through treatments. Focus but allow yourself freedom. My heart is with you.

05/08/2015 Flag