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09-22-2000, 11:18 AM
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17x13 (edge of flowers) with about one inch to edge of paper. Any suggestions for a background will be appreciated. I was thinking about using a light lemon green with a few blotches here and there, darker in the corners.. I don't want anything with form as it will detract from the carnations. Thanks, Dennis

09-22-2000, 05:26 PM
Dennis, I found a yarn one time that was a yellow like none I had ever seen. It had almost a pink cast to it. It worked very well with a pink like the one you have depicted here. I do like your idea of the lemmon green, but I personally would lean more towards more yellow than green. Am I making sense? lol I think you need something that will be rich to pop out the roses.

P.S. You would have a field day at my house. We have 29 rose bushes, and about 17 varieties at last count. Some of the colors would make your eyes pop out http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/redface.gif)


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09-22-2000, 11:50 PM
Dennis...some suggestions of leaves and stems would tie the flowers together with the background...they shouldn't look like they are floating.

I'd put this into an image program (like photoshop, paintshop, etc.) and play around with background colors...this would also give you an idea of the realism you will get or the expressionism.

09-24-2000, 06:38 PM

These are beautiful, I particularly like seeing the one your halfway through, as to a beginner like me, it gives me an idea of how you get to the finished result.

As for the background, I think the idea of a lemony green sounds good, although you don't want the form of stems/leaves, could you not put a suggestion of them in and mingle it all together with a wet in wet technique.

As I said, I'm a beginner, so sorry if this sounds silly, but its just my humble opinion.

Looking forward to seeing the end result,

please post it.

Take care

Karen http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

09-25-2000, 03:41 PM
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The flowers are done (I hope!). The stems and background have been added digitally. Any comments???
Thanks, Dennis

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09-25-2000, 05:56 PM

These carnations are lovely, I particularly like the one at bottom right, it's so realistic.

I think the stems are fine, but with regard to the background colour, the lime green at top and bottom is too distracting, but the colour in the middle (lemony/green) complements the carnations and doesn't distract me as much.

Looking good.

Keep us updated

Best wishes

Karen http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

09-28-2000, 08:34 PM
Thanks for the comments. Here is the finished painting. I want to especially thank kayemme for her help in chat. Hope you like it. Dennis
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10-01-2000, 12:58 AM
Very cool Dennis! You've pulled off a stuck painting well http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif sandy

10-01-2000, 05:27 PM

The end result is great.

I like the background colour you used in the end, what colour is it?

Look forward to seeing more of your work

Karen http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

10-01-2000, 08:26 PM
Dennis! you left your greeny yellow background in photoshop! This turned out really nice. The transparency of the vase works well. I like the stems of the roses giving them an anchor.

One question...why is the front rose so realistic and the other two done with a sketched type style?

and my other comment in on the stem attached to the rose in the front. Because it sits on the edge of the vase the stem could not be turned down into that straight a line..unless it were broken at the neck. The stem would read better if it angled toward the back of the vase. Think of it as a straight line from the center of the flower back...this will give you a diagonal in the vase, too, creating more variety with lines.

You are really working well with the florals!

10-02-2000, 01:23 AM
Thank you all for your comments. To answer the last question, the flowers are carnations. The top two are white with pink edges and the bottom one is all red. I thought the two white/pink ones would be balanced by the single red one - the red flower being stronger and more dominant than the white/pink ones. That's my theory anyway. They look very similar to the ones I photographed. The background is ultramarine + burnt umber with a dash of medium red - more red in the table. Dennis

10-03-2000, 03:17 PM
Background colors are yummy. My suggestion would be that, since the vase is transparent enough to see the stems, you might like to suggest the back of the water. Often a slightly different value or a highlight will show on the surface of the water - or even a floating leaf or petal. I really like the front flower.

10-06-2000, 11:38 AM
Again thanks for your responses, I appreciate you comments and learn from them.