View Full Version : Moonflower Blooming, Revised

04-17-2003, 02:02 PM
This Moonflower is a one that opens in the evening so that insects that are nocturnal will pollinate it. These flowers are almost always white so they seem to glow in the light of the moon.

This was painted from a photo by Miss Mouse in the RIL. Thanks for posting it for us to use MM.

It is 5" x 7" on Canson 140 lb. cold pressed paper, Sap Green, Sepia, Cobalt Blue, Yellow Ochre Reeve's paints.

Opinions and critiques are invited and welcomed. Am I finished?


04-17-2003, 02:12 PM
Very nice job on that white flower! If it were me I'd probably make some of those spaces between the leaves even darker to get a bit more depth.

04-17-2003, 02:35 PM
Originally posted by karenjh
Very nice job on that white flower! If it were me I'd probably make some of those spaces between the leaves even darker to get a bit more depth.

I agree re flower and darks, but not necessarily dark green, some dark purple, some dark blue etc.

04-17-2003, 02:47 PM
I'm glad you found some time to paint Sylvia!

really effective use of shadow to create the sunlit look!!


04-17-2003, 03:07 PM
Sylvia, this is beautifully done! You've really captured that flower. I do agree that you need some darker shadows - maybe just behind the petals and between those leaves, to make the flower pop.

04-17-2003, 03:12 PM
Lovely flower Sylvia, hate to repete everyone else, but a few well placed darks would really be nice.......

If not it's still beautiful.....

04-17-2003, 03:15 PM
Absolutely beautiful!

04-17-2003, 03:24 PM
Beautiful job, these are the most interesting flowers. You have captured it well.

04-17-2003, 05:02 PM
Hi Sylvia
The sunshine on the leaves is really wonderful and I like the abstract pattern that that the darks and lights make.


04-17-2003, 05:02 PM
Thank you for looking at my Moonflower painting and commenting, Karen, Uschi, Em, Nandie, Barbara, Mary-Ann, and Jan.

I agreed about the darks needing to be darker so made some revisions which I will post below. I used both a dark, dark green, and a wonderful deep, rich purple (thanks, Uschi for the idea) to intensify the darks around the flower.

Em, It is supposed to be moonlight ;) , like on a night with a brillian full moon.

Jan, They are really a beautiful, exotic flower in form and blooming pattern.

Here it is with darker darks added. I tried to leave some of the dark greens still showing as if they were branches and leaves down deeper in the bush or foliage of the plant.


04-17-2003, 05:09 PM

much better


04-17-2003, 05:35 PM
The second version is dy-na-mite!:clap: :clap: :clap:


04-17-2003, 05:37 PM
Originally posted by painterbear

Em, It is supposed to be moonlight ;) , like on a night with a brillian full moon.


well DUH!!!!

:o :o :o :o

oh man am I embarrassed:rolleyes:

beautiful revisions Sylvia!!!!!

04-17-2003, 05:41 PM
WOW - Your revisions did the trick! It is awesome!

04-17-2003, 06:03 PM
Beautiful you did a wonderful job.

04-17-2003, 06:04 PM
Wow, Pam, my darks are even dark enough to satisfy you! As James Brown says, "I fe-e-e-l good!":D

Lyn, It is a lot more dramatic now.

Em, :evil: :p Thanks.

Karen, Take a bow too, you were the first to recommend going darker.

Thanks gang for your kind words. I appreciate them, especially since I've been throwing paintings away right and left the last few days.

04-17-2003, 06:47 PM
Hello again
(*extracting her foot from her mouth*)

Yes, you did say it was a moonflower, and yes, I like the light in the painting a lot...and no, it was not sunlight, it was moonlight... And it's even a better moonlight now that you put in those extra darks.

(*still :o ...*)


lyn lynch
04-17-2003, 07:06 PM
Olga! We understand--you got teenagers!

Beautiful Sylvia. That Uschi lives right on the ball doesn't she? Myself I put a touchdown of dark to the very bottom of a pistel stem or two and create more depth there.

04-17-2003, 07:44 PM
Sylvia, you've done an outstanding job! This is gorgeous:clap: :clap: :clap:

04-17-2003, 10:09 PM
Sylvia, this is fantastic!! I bet these feel very velvety...at least they look very soft. I love the curly, wispy ends of the petals.... very nice "moonlit" flower!! The adding of the darks really makes it stand out... great job! :clap: :clap:

04-17-2003, 10:13 PM

NOW you're talkin'!!!!!!!

Wooo HOOOOOO!!!!

:clap: :clap: :clap:

04-17-2003, 10:20 PM
Much better with the dark touches, Syliva.......
I like white flowers......

04-18-2003, 05:16 AM
Thanks for checking in again and your kind comments.

Olga, You made me chuckle and start my day off with a smile. Glad you like the moonglow.

Fookie, Will add a drop or two of the dark purple at the base of the pistils as per your suggestion. There is green there now so that will liven that area a little too.

Patty, Those curling tips and curves of the petals are what made me want to paint this flower.

Andrea and Char, Thanks, I'm glad you like the changes.

Al, I like white flowers too, especially since you can paint them with so many colors—grey, blue, gold, and purple, in this instance.

04-18-2003, 05:19 AM
Originally posted by MissMouse
Beautiful you did a wonderful job.

I'm so glad you like it. You took a beautiful photo. Thanks again for sharing it with us.

04-18-2003, 06:42 AM
I thought your first version was outstanding, but the second is just amazing! The added darks really make the flower pop!!


04-18-2003, 08:40 AM
....just lovely!! :clap: :clap: !!! I think we have some of the same flowers. When they open are they the size of a small dinner plate? The ones we have (I think) are some kind of morning glory??? Anyway, you just keep getting better and better regarding your paintings!! Keep up the awesome work!! :D

Crystal Owl
04-18-2003, 10:31 AM
:clap: :clap: :clap: The darks did the trick beautiful!


04-18-2003, 04:44 PM
Bob, Thanks, I'm so glad you liked my painting.

Annetta, I looked moonflowers up and they are related to morning glories but reversed in timing, they open in late afternoon and close in the daytime. They grow 10-15 feet in a season and are 4 to 6 inches in diameter. Glad you liked this painting.

Irene, Thanks for commenting. I appreciate it.