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

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.




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


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 =)


Rhonda Mast
04-20-2013, 02:51 PM
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 Mast
04-22-2013, 03:25 PM
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!!


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


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,


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 :)

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:


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 Mast
04-24-2013, 12:53 PM
Ok, i'm ready to start painting again, but this is what it looks like so far.

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.

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)


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!!

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