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Practice-flower 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
Type Painting
Subject Floral
Material Watercolor
Style Impressionist
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Hi Mary: I practiced doing the flower with color. I tried varying the background, not sure if I overdid it. Do you think the upper left corner competes with the flower? I also had problems with the lower left corner that was too pink and dark and it distracted from the flower. I glazed it over with cobalt blue but that did not help. I wanted to tone it down. Then I glazed it with veridian (the complement) and this time it worked or at least improved it. I'll keep practicing.

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This is really nice! I think the light source needs to be established. It seems like the light should come from the top left, leaving the bottom right darker. Just an idea.

11/23/2013 Flag

Thanks, will try that.

11/24/2013 Flag

Hi lmfr -- I really love the way you dive in and paint, and you are right on the money to play with color as you did. Keep up the good work -- try unexpected colors also, or try a limited palette (for instance, using just two or three colors). This is fresh and loose and has a great sense of fun to it. Jessica made a good point about considering the light source, so you could experiment with that also -- the ways to emphasize it might be cool vs warm and increasing value contrasts (across your color spectrum).

11/25/2013 Flag