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08-09-2013, 05:00 AM
After selling my first portrait commission, I spent a good part of the money I received on Terry Ludwig's 'Vibrants' and 'Violets'. They arrived a few days ago by private courier ( a colleague of my husband brought them back from the States) and they are just GORGEOUS. I had already picked a reference photo I had wanted to paint for quite a while, but didn't because I lacked those intense pinks, purple and violets.

I took the reference photo quite a few years ago during a holiday in Wales at Bodnant garden; it shows a detail of their lovely water lily pond.


This is my reference photo; what I love about this are the fantastic colours of the leaves and the negative shapes they are creating. I also like how the orange leaf points to the single blossom, introducing it as my COI.


This is what I have achieved yesterday: After cropping the photo, I did a sketch on black Canson Mi-Teintes Touch; size is 9"x12":


My dry underpainting:


Starting on the leaves - oh, I LOVE those colours!


And now for the green leaves; I'm also re-establishing the petals of the blossom:


I continued this morning; more work on those leaves and painting the blossom


The finished painting:


The black paper was covered with Terry Ludwig's darkest violet. Nearly black, but what a wonderful, vibrant dark! The photo doesn't do it justice.

08-09-2013, 07:50 AM
Gorgeous !

Equus Art
08-09-2013, 08:49 AM
The colors are gorgeous! Beautiful job!


08-09-2013, 09:40 AM
It's lovely Dorothea! Thanks for the WIP too.
Ah, Bodnant, wonderful magical place. Thanks for the memories!

08-09-2013, 09:55 AM
Mado, Cat, thank you! They are gorgeous, aren't they?
Ruthie, you're welcome. I find taking photos during the painting process quite helpful because they help me step back from the painting and realize mistakes better. And yes, Bodnant Garden is so beautiful!

08-09-2013, 10:49 AM
Beautiful! I really appreciate seeing the work in progress!

08-09-2013, 12:33 PM
You're welcome, Allie!

08-09-2013, 12:42 PM
Dorothea, very well done.

water girl
08-09-2013, 01:23 PM
You have used those gorgeous violets to create a beautifully vibrant subject. I particularly like the color change where the small areas of the red/orange pad are submerged.

08-09-2013, 01:34 PM
Bill, thank you! Karen, I'm glad I got these pastels, they aren't called 'Vibrants' for nothing! Glad that submerged leaf works.

08-09-2013, 02:54 PM
Dorothea: Thanks so much for the lovely progression. beautiful.

08-09-2013, 03:32 PM
Thank you, Derek, I'm glad you like it!

08-10-2013, 12:37 PM
thank you Dorothea for the progression. It was most interesting and helpful.

you certainly made great use of those vibrants. love all the colors. lovely result.

08-10-2013, 10:23 PM
Very impressive. Love the colors and the textures.

08-11-2013, 02:37 AM
Kate and Randy, thank you. Hope this turns up where it should what with the gremlins still around. Sometimes this thread is missing half the posts, then it pops up again but has lost half the views - very annoying!

08-11-2013, 09:22 PM
Beautiful. I also thank you for posting the stages. I attend pastel class each week and still have a lot to learn. Postings like yours really help me learn. Pam:wave:

08-12-2013, 06:04 AM
Pam, thank you; you are very welcome!

08-13-2013, 09:46 PM
Lovely! Great to see your work progress :)


08-20-2013, 03:17 AM
Now that we seem to be back to normal I can say 'Thank you', Nicole!

08-12-2014, 03:13 AM
Thank you so much, Dorothea, for giving me the link for this thread. The painting is beautiful. And the fact that it is WIP is a win in the lottery for me :) Thank you.

08-12-2014, 05:32 AM
Dorothea, the gremlins must have been at work because I didn't see this thread until this morning. What a beautiful water lily painting! You made exquisite choices for the colors of the leaves! Thanks for the WIP!

08-12-2014, 05:38 AM
Nick, glad you like my WIP! Blayne, this is an 'old' thread from last year which I 'revived' for Nick.

Charles Perera
08-12-2014, 05:59 AM
It is really beautiful, an expertly constructed painting


08-12-2014, 07:38 AM
Just great Dorothea, as usual. I agree with Pam that the WIP photos really help me as a beginner. I also just love waterlilies and Ludwigs, so wonderfully enjoyable. I too just bought the violets and the Liz Hayward collection from Ludwig and can't wait to use.

08-12-2014, 11:01 AM
Thank you, Charles and Lynn :wave:

08-13-2014, 03:51 AM
Great job

08-13-2014, 04:43 AM
Very pretty and thank you for the WIP. It is helpful to see how others approach a painting. Bob

08-13-2014, 05:14 AM
Thank you, Bob! I love WIPs as well, always so interesting!

08-13-2014, 10:27 AM
Oh wow! Thank you for the WIP! This is so wonderful and I am so glad you got the Vibrants and Violets. I have the Violets too and they are so fantastic. I love the dance of violet and green and orange and magenta, what drew you to the referenc flowered so dramatically in your painting. I love V100 and can so easily imagine it instead of the dead black of the black paper. The colors just pop even in the photo and in person it's got to be unbelievable, eye-popping, riveting.

The sheen where the water level on the orange leaf comes up out of the water to reflect the sky is incredible. This painting has so many wonderful little details in the leaves, and you adjusted that to strengthen the pointer effect. Your demo is a lesson in good composition and color harmony!

08-13-2014, 11:29 AM
As a pastel newbie,I found this post really helpful.


08-13-2014, 03:30 PM
Robert, thank you for your praise! I posted this last year when the gremlins struck -remember? Threads popped up all over the place and and posts disappeared for over a week.
Norma, glad it is useful for you!

08-15-2014, 04:49 AM
Dorothea, this is lovely. Thank you so much for showing your WIP. Enjoy your new pastels!


08-15-2014, 10:33 AM
Your progression photos are so helpful to us newbies. Good point about you assessing your work with the taking of the photos. Also, the finished painting is beutiful! Colors are gorgeous....I might just NEED to get those two sets!

Thank you for sharing!

08-15-2014, 01:17 PM
Julie, thank you! If you have the chance, get those TL sets, they are wonderful! The 'Vibrants' really deserve their name, they are so pigment-rich. And the 'Violets' are wonderfully dark.