Joy of Nature
I finished the painting a while back, the background was a little daunting and I spent a few sleepless nights over it(!), the upper portion, though it is quite light must have atleast half a dozen layers on it.. I have only one in-between step here:
Well, our traitor of a system crashed in on us and here I am back again, after having lost a few precious files and gained a few headaches but with a huge plus of acquiring a fab, cool , apple mac stand-alone. The thing is… the colors in my latest paintings look a bit too saturated on this now… can’t control how they will look across different systems, I guess… I spent a lot of time thinking how great it would be to have a bio-chip with the google search engine woven into the inside of our left forearms’ ha ha… its like not having your right arm without it …. I mean … a dozen times in a day, its ….how do I use the new herb that I got..or do I place the new plant in the sun or in the shade…or …or…. geez…. actually I had suggested this idea to my husband (a long time back) because he was always punching numbers into his calculator, so I told him he should plaster that to his left forearm so he could just raise his arm and punch into it whenever he wanted.. ha ha… ok I am rambling now… time to sign off…
pansy and poppy leaves
The two yellows mixed with phalo blue in different proportions will give you a variety of greens but they will have to be toned down with greens´ complimentary colour, which is red; but you can also use the orange to create interesting natural looking greens. i.e. I have used DS hansa yellow medium, DS new gamboge, MG phthalo blue and S translucent orange plus also S red madder dark to push the mix to a darker value. MG phthalo blue and S translucent orange also gives a very interesting dark-valued blue-green. DS perylene green can also be used in shadow areas. For foliage, the most important thing to keep in mind is that ready made greens or even those mixed from yellows and blues should (almost) never be used directly, they will have to be toned down with a red or an orange to create greens that donot look artificial. Just a bit of the red will give a fresher green whereas adding more of red will give you shadow greens.
Wash in a layer of hansa yellow medium for the center of the smaller poppy. After this has dried, paint the pollen with new gamboge also painting in tiny shadows on them with your shadow yellow color. The stigma at the center is painted with hansa yellow medium also with shadows. Separate the filaments using negative painting by cutting the orange of the flower into the center, also use negative painting to further define the filaments at the right side. The center of the main flower is painted similarly but it is almost completely in shadow; so glaze over with a final layer of the shadow yellow colors.
For the garden light, first see and mark where the highlights fall, you need to get the right shapes for them. The top, left area is catching the blue of the sky, leave the center completely white, there are some orange highlights towards the right and blue-green towards the top right. Let dry completely. Mix some browns, orange-browns and violet-browns using the orange, blue and red madder dark. Wash in a medium value brown wet-in-wet and add darker browns as this is drying. For the light, keep all edges blurred; keep the center white and around it start adding new gamboge and orange around the yellow. White, yellow, then orange. The metal really makes a nice contrast to the delicate flowers while at the same time connecting it to them with the warm colors.