Peony painting demo

 

      I`m going to be painting from this almost as it is, nothing much to change, maybe add a bud or two; the composition looks fine as it is.

 

 

            The colors that I have chosen for now are Schminke`s ruby red, DS new gamboge (because the yellow on the left flower is actually the tertiary color yellow orange and not a pure yellow) and MG phthalo blue. Here is the lower petal of the left most flower. I have already added the small shadows at the bottom of the petal in this first wet in wet wash.

  

         Here I have added the cast shadow with a mix of the red and blue plus a little yellow to dull down the resulting violet.

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6 thoughts on “Peony painting demo

  1. Peony is another flower I have been avoiding because of it jagged petals.Perhaps your step-by-step can help me consider peonies as subject in the future.

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  2. Hi Neelima,
    Beautiful work you are doing these days. What’s most interesting to me is your facility in watercolor, well, actually the speed with which your work has developed. It’s clearly a gift. Well, I have a quick question for you. A couple of years ago I found your site and attempted painting from the peonies photograph you used in the demo. I study oils–not watercolor, but I was wondering if you mind that I painted from your photo. I hope not, but If you do mind, I won’t show the painting publicly. It is just such a lovely capture of light and color and I didn’t have any peonies to study at the time and now I like how the painting turned out! Well, please let me know if you’d rather not share the use of that photo. I’ll understand. Very best from Portland.
    Jerry

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  3. Hi Jerry,
    Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I don’t mind you using your study done from the photograph, you can use it anyway you like to, good luck with it.

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