Shades of Blue

Project Description

What was your source for this piece? Other Tell us a little more about your inspiration. A trip to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL for Mother's Day was quite inspirational What type of piece is this? Painting Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. 24" X 20" acrylic painting on gallery wrapped canvas of a path through blue flowers. The day was spent taking pictures of anything and everything that inspired me on a chilly but clear Mother's Day at the local arboretum. After going through all the photos, I worked in Photoshop to crop and edit (sometimes combining images) in order to produce a final layout for the painting. Starting with a pencil sketch in grid fashion and an under-painting of vermillion to anchor the image and contrasting shapes. I then began to block in colors moving from the background to the foreground building up more and more details. Is the piece for sale? No What are you most proud of? The color and focus of light What advice would you give someone starting this project? Use light to pull your viewer into the picture

What you will need

  • Acrylic Paint

Q&A with MaryPalmer

DenisaElena asked:
Fantastic! how do you get the right colors for light and shade of the same color?
MaryPalmer answered:
Sorry for taking so long to reply to this, but there are many things to take into consideration. Shadows are never just the adding of white or black. The blue flowers extend through a great depth of this painting as well as the fact that there are spots of great highlight. When dealing with color change and depth, basically the farther back you go the bluer any color should be and the closer to the foreground, the warmer the color should be. For shading of that color, add some of the complimentary color (ex: for a green in shadow - add some red). Those are just some basic rules, but do hope it helps without making it more confusing.
ERex67 asked:
Nice use of the light . Love the precision too
MaryPalmer answered:
thank you bean67