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Rhonda Mast
04-20-2013, 09:33 AM
Hello!!

This is only my fourth or fifth painting, so please bear with me!! I have not had any classes or such, so I've had to kind of learn as I go along, with a bit of help from YouTube and one painting book. I have only painted with acrylics, and I love painting with them!! I need all the help I can get, so please, please tell me how I can improve!! I am hoping to finish this soon, but I want help as I go along.



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Apr-2013/1203081-IMG_2922.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Apr-2013/1203081-please_help_menow.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Apr-2013/1203081-IMG_2916.JPG

thank you for looking, and I apologize about the quality of the pictures- the blue background is not that dark in real life!!

-Rhonda

La_
04-20-2013, 01:46 PM
hi rhonda
welcome to the world of painting
what's your ultimate goal with this? are there more flowers going in?
there's a lot of empty space left ... consider using chalk or charcoal to sketch the rest ... or to have a pencil sketch of what you're planning
are you using a reference pic? making it up as you go along?
it's tricky to give direction when i don't know where you want to go =)

la

Rhonda Mast
04-20-2013, 02:51 PM
Hey-
I am actually using a video on You Tube for this painting. the annoying part of it is the guy on the video speaks in Spanish, so i'm not catching anything that he is saying. (-; I am not doing everything the same, but am kind of stuck. I agree there's a lot of empty space, but I'm going to have some green leafy. I don't really want to add any more flowers.I am on a time limit with this, and so I need to be careful not to get in over my head, but I want to be happy with the end result.
-Rhonda

Rhonda Mast
04-22-2013, 03:25 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Apr-2013/1203081-IMG_2936.JPG
I have finished the first flower, but it doesn't look right. something is wrong with it, but I can't figure it out. please help!! it is not that fuzzy, that is the camera's fault!!

-Rhonda

Andrewcody
04-22-2013, 08:57 PM
Yay someone actually showing a WIP
As La says - fill in the empty blue space with flowers
Find an English video

Regards
Andrew

Trumper
04-23-2013, 01:56 PM
[QUOTE=Rhonda Mast
I have finished the first flower, but it doesn't look right. something is wrong with it,

-Rhonda[/QUOTE]

To me there are no shadows on the petals or lighting,a bit flat for me at the moment but please keep posting ,well done :)

La_
04-23-2013, 08:40 PM
well ya picked a pretty complicated flower for a beginner !
try and get bolder with the darks of the shadows ... your brights are nice.

yeah, not to burst your bubble, but you shouldn't have to rush through such a complex project and expect your best work out of the deal - how much time do you have?

something super simple like this (in any color plus white) might be something you/me/anyone could bang off in a day or two:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Apr-2013/84648-poppies_mono_morph.jpg

la

Rhonda Mast
04-24-2013, 12:38 PM
I agree I picked a flower that was too hard for me!! I definitely learned a lot painting it, though. I am painting it for an auction, so I need to finish it by Friday. I am painting it mainly for my mom- remind me to never paint something that someone asked me to paint again!! everyone's tastes and ideas are different, and then I am happy with it, and they just look at it and say, "it's nice. . . . .??". I hate that!! 'cause I can't be in their minds and see what they want, and they can't hop into my mind and tell me what I am seeing differently then them!! Argh!!! but I am going to work on it again this afternoon, and will try to put more shadow in it.
-Rhonda

Rhonda Mast
04-24-2013, 12:53 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Apr-2013/1203081-IMG_2937.JPG
Ok, i'm ready to start painting again, but this is what it looks like so far.
-Rhonda

Rhonda Mast
04-24-2013, 01:11 PM
HELP!!! i'm trying to darken it, but I can't get the right color. I am trying with a brown, but it looks aweful.
-Rhonda

La_
04-24-2013, 01:17 PM
when putting shadows on anything, the best color to use is it's compliment

so, when putting shadows on yellow - yellow's compliment is purple
(add a bit of purple to your yellow to make a delicious brown)

la

Rhonda Mast
04-25-2013, 09:05 PM
thank you, la, I will try that. I have decided not to expect to be done in time, and will finish it at a later date when I have more time. thank you all for your good advice!!
-Rhonda

abstractca
05-07-2013, 01:26 PM
really nice!