View Full Version : Yellow Iris Painting

07-15-2000, 08:38 PM
Okay, I put on the shades because this one is so bright! I'm enjoying these single flower paintings since I don't know how to do anything else yet...lol. This one is 18x13 on 190# paper. I just ordered some heavier paper that should be better from MisterArt and some big round brushes, too.

The colors at the edges look a bit pink in this jpg...but that was because the paper was bent and picked up a shadow. It's really just white around the painting.
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07-15-2000, 09:04 PM
Lovely flower Carly,
nice soft background brings out the blossum,
would like to see more darks within the flower to define the petals more,

07-15-2000, 10:30 PM

Is this the yellow iris you were looking for help with in the chat room the other night??

Looks like you were worrying too much!

I do agree with Rod on the petals...


07-16-2000, 07:16 AM
My oh My Carly! Just lovely!! I agree with Rods comment too.... contrast contrast eh?
Not too much though, you wouldn't want to lose the fresh light look you have here. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

07-16-2000, 09:53 AM

this is nice...it makes me want to pick up a brush right now and try my hand at flower portraits! great job.


07-16-2000, 07:35 PM
I'm going to add some more darks to the background...just to tone down some of the brighter areas (so the background won't compete with the flower so much)
But to be honest with you...I have no idea of what color to add to the flower to make the dark areas darker and still keep the freshness that I have....so ? what color do I use??
p.s. if this were acrylics...I'd just try anything knowing I could cover it up! lol

07-16-2000, 07:47 PM
Carly...you already have some color in the petals besides the bright yellow...I would just use that same color in some deeper values. Maybe it was burnt sienna mixed with your yellow? Still love it! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

07-17-2000, 02:50 AM
Yellow is such a touchy color. Be careful of overworking it...esp if it is a cadmium. I can see toning down the background "some" to keep it from fightning with the iris, FIRST, then decide if messing with the flower itself is really necessary. It is such a bright, vivid, clean watercolor! It would be easy to loose a good thing!


Phyllis Rennie
07-17-2000, 07:55 PM
Hi Carly, 'Tis the season for irises, huh? This one is lovely. You've really captured the form and translucency and I wish I had one that color in my garden!

I hesitate to advise you on the color since I've destroyed so many watercolors, but I think Carol might be on the right track. Maybe even the same mix that you already have used but with less water. And maybe some green ??? for contrast in the beard? Suggestion only! Phyl

07-17-2000, 08:21 PM
What I like the most about your iris is that you captured the soft texture of the petals. Maybe you could intensify the colors for darks near the center (where the petal comes out) A different idea would be to drop in a dark purple but I'd try it on a scrap to see the effect before touching such a nice painting.

07-18-2000, 01:22 AM
add a touch of purple to the yellow