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carly
07-27-2000, 03:12 PM
In the spring, we have an abundance of dogwood trees in our yard...white and couple of pinks. This is from a photo I took this spring.

Dogwood Blossom
9x12 on Canson #140 w/c block
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Gisela
07-27-2000, 03:27 PM
<FONT size="5">WOW!!!!!</FONT s>

Love this Carly--great background!

Gis

MALARKEY
07-27-2000, 03:50 PM
Wonderful!!!!! All my favorite Carly Colors are there. Amazing how you got so much color into a white flower. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Sandy

Mary Kay
07-27-2000, 03:56 PM
Hi carly, I like the nice delicate feel of the flower, I think you have captured that. However, I disagree with Gisela, I think the backround is too busy and detracts from your focal point. I'd lessen the intensity of some of those colors, and maybe even unify the values with a glaze. decisions, decisions!

Have fun! MK

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sandge
07-27-2000, 06:31 PM
Very beautiful. I especially love the background. It really shows of the flower well and has such gorgeous textures.

best wishes
sandra

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ReNae
07-27-2000, 08:54 PM
Carly,

I am enjoying this one! The feeling of something else in that background...tell me how you do it...you have a great concept on those backgrounds! (green with envy here). You also have a way of showing the delicacy of the petals on your flowers. Great job!

Warmth,
ReNae

carly
07-28-2000, 05:39 PM
ReNae....I have to laugh at that one...if I knew how I was doing the backgrounds I'd be glad to share but so far they are all 'happy accidents'! I think elves visit in the night and work in my studio!

Basically I just sketch in the blossoms..since I photograph in zoom about 90% of the time...its not difficult for me to actually see the subject bigger than life size in the painting. Then I have been wetting the areas where I want the darks...load my brush with ultramarine blue and viridian (love the rich color they make) and just paint from the edge of the blossoms out into the wet areas. If it gets too wet I soak off some of the water..I don't like it to be swimming! Then I drop in other colors and watch the fun happen. Let it dry then I begin again...more darks and shapes this time. If my edge looks hard, I just use a clean damp brush and run it thru the edge and it blends out.

Okay...so now you know all I know! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
carly

tammy
07-28-2000, 08:37 PM
I love this. It was another lesson! Thank you, Carly!

oleCC
07-29-2000, 02:35 AM
What can I say.......just once again you are proving that the 15 years of abstinence from watercolor didn't hurt a bit. Just lovely!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

Rod
07-29-2000, 04:48 AM
Great Carly,
Love the textured background using the cauliflower wet technique,
Rod

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MJIsham
07-29-2000, 11:06 PM
It's a really nice painting, Carly. White dogwood happen to be one of my favorite flowering trees. And I miss them (they don't grow in Wisconsin!)

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Gisela
07-30-2000, 02:27 AM
Originally posted by Rod:
Great Carly,
Love the textured background using the cauliflower wet technique,
Rod




Rod...what is the cauliflower wet technique?
I've heard of the brocolli and carrot techniques....! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Gisela

CarlyHardy
07-31-2000, 11:47 AM
So does this mean I can call myself a
"vegetarian watercolorist"?
carly http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

oleCC
07-31-2000, 03:13 PM
you can call yourself any name you like...as for me, will it suffice to call you an accomplished watercolorist? You certainly are doing great Carly....best part is you seem to really be having fun with it! : )
Carol

llis
08-04-2000, 06:42 PM
You Go Girl!!!! I just got around to taking a look at this one. It is really great. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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