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11-18-2013, 06:32 AM
In my art class, we did several exercises for exploring color. For this one, we were to paint a subject in monochrome paying attention to all the value changes. Then we were to paint the same picture using colors.

I took a photo of a handmade candleholder that we bought when we were living near Naples, Italy, to use as a reference.


You can see my monochrome version here. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19848410#post19848410)

These are the steps I followed to paint the color version of this photo.

The drawing and background wash using DS Permanent Brown.


I decided to start at the left and work my way across to the flower. I began painting the candleholder section shaped like a petal. I did an underwash of the Perm Brown in places. My greens are a mix of DS Undersea Green, Sap Green, and whatever other green I felt I needed. ;)


I worked on all the leaves using the same mixture as on the candleholder. I mixed a shadow tone of FUB and Perm Brown and a touch of Quin Rose and painted the shadow areas on the rose bud. When that dried I added a very pale wash of the QR.


Now it was time to start on the rose petals. First I painted all the shadow areas with the same mixture as above.


I found I had to repeat this step to make the shadows a bit stronger once I began to add pinks:


Finished work after pinks were added to the petals and shadows strengthened in the whole painting.


It was an interesting experiment and I found that I enjoyed painting the monochrome version more than I did the colored one. :D

This is 6" x 9.25" painted on 140 lb Arches cp paper.

Comments invited.


11-18-2013, 01:19 PM
I enjoyed seeing how you painted this lovely candle; thank you. :)

I must say your painting is lovely, too. The rich greens and the flower's texture and color are perfect! :thumbsup:


11-19-2013, 04:23 AM
Fantastic WIP - love it!!! It came out very well - really like the way you painted the reddish-green candle-holder bud. Also liked the monochrome version in the gallery.

11-19-2013, 06:04 AM
Thanks Mary and Jan. Glad you liked seeing the stages of this painting.

Jan, I used the PB color from the background in the green parts of the candleholder as well to give that bi-color tone to them. :D


11-19-2013, 09:28 AM
Sylvia, this is lovely. Your shading is great. That undersea green, which I think I remember you especially like, works so well here. Flower has lovely pink shades.


11-19-2013, 05:09 PM
This finished beautifully, Sylvia... I like both versions. I'm curious as to why you enjoyed working on the monochrome more than the coloured version. Did you feel that working out your values in the first version helped you determine where you needed to place your lights and darks in this version?

11-19-2013, 05:33 PM
Thanks Shirley. Undersea green is a wonderful color. I blended it with the permanent brown to make the tones on the leaves and candleholder plus some FUB in the darkest shadow areas.

Char, I just like the way that PB looks for a monochrome. Kind of like an old sepia photograph. I don't think I would have liked it as much if I had used a gray to do it.

I do think working on the monochrome helped when it came to painting the color version. Yuki Hall mentioned in her demo the other day that she always does a quick value study for her paintings. Of course her value studies are beautiful monochrome paintings when she is finished. So she sometimes frames them and sells them or enters them in shows. :lol: