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Theodorablau
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.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Aug-2013/1115812-Bodnant_garden.jpg



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.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Aug-2013/1115812-Water_lily_reference_photo.jpg


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":

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Aug-2013/1115812-Water_lily_with_TL_vibrants1.jpg


My dry underpainting:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Aug-2013/1115812-Water_lily_with_TL_vibrants2.jpg


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

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Aug-2013/1115812-Water_lily_with_TL_vibrants3.jpg


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

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Aug-2013/1115812-Water_lily_with_TL_vibrants4.jpg


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

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Aug-2013/1115812-Waterlily_with_TL_vibrants5.jpg


The finished painting:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Aug-2013/1115812-Water_lily_with_TL_vibrants6.jpg

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.

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

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

Cat

Ruthie57
08-09-2013, 09:40 AM
It's lovely Dorothea! Thanks for the WIP too.
Ah, Bodnant, wonderful magical place. Thanks for the memories!

Theodorablau
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!

allie0630
08-09-2013, 10:49 AM
Beautiful! I really appreciate seeing the work in progress!

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

mercbill
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.

Theodorablau
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.

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

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

Talley
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.

rsmith.1141
08-10-2013, 10:23 PM
Very impressive. Love the colors and the textures.

Theodorablau
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!

pastel65
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:

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

gecko99
08-13-2013, 09:46 PM
Lovely! Great to see your work progress :)

Nicole

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

Nick7
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.

Blayne
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!

Theodorablau
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

Charles

Mamalynn
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.

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

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

bobbymac
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

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

robertsloan2
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!

Norma46
08-13-2014, 11:29 AM
As a pastel newbie,I found this post really helpful.

Norma

Theodorablau
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!

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

Jay

julieindvik
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!

Theodorablau
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.