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Artistammy
04-10-2005, 08:16 PM
This is another one I will be posting progress to as I go along. So far, it's mostly harder pastels & one layer. It's on Wallis! I finally got brave enough. It's different so I have to get used to it. The first photo is the reference from the RIL by Troy. :wave: I can't resist flowers this time of year.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Apr-2005/3341-irisTroyWCstretched.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Apr-2005/3341-blueiriswipWC.JPG

meowmeow
04-10-2005, 08:48 PM
Off to a grand start...pulling up a chair to watch!

Sandy

Piper Ballou
04-10-2005, 09:59 PM
This is looking great..thanks for the WIP, I always enjoy them
Piper

tURBOCAT
04-11-2005, 12:37 AM
Oh my. I am already impressed. More! We're waiting.

Johnnie

Susan Borgas
04-11-2005, 12:43 AM
Me too!! :wave: :D

Khadres
04-11-2005, 01:06 AM
Oh, I LOVE irises! Too cool! Somebody, take this popcorn and pass it around...did anybody bring some punch? Tea? Hot cocoa?

khourianya
04-11-2005, 02:34 AM
Ohhhh...this one is going to be awesome!! here, Sooz, I'll take that popcorn. I brought some sparkling grape juice. There should be enough for us all...:D

chewie
04-11-2005, 12:15 PM
i just love irises! and this one is going to be gorgeous! i'll be watching with interest, you've already got a grand beginning.

Nodosaurus
04-11-2005, 11:08 PM
I'm going to jump on this bandwagon, too. Its off to a great start and I don't want to miss the conclusion!

soap
04-12-2005, 05:15 AM
Same here - looks great so far!!

John B
04-12-2005, 05:29 AM
Wow. The iris is my favourite flower; this painting is going to be beautiful!
Love the background gives the iris a real lift. :clap: :clap:

Kindest regards

John :wave:

CindyW
04-12-2005, 11:08 AM
Tammy, how beautiful! This is so nice....can't wait to see your continuing work on it!
Cindy

Alachua Artist
04-12-2005, 11:16 AM
What a great start you have from a strong reference photo. The way you handled the background will keep the focus on the flower. Iris have such interesting structure. Great colors in this one - glad you are sharing this.

Artistammy
04-13-2005, 02:43 PM
I got a few minutes to work on the buds. I don't know if I did anything else.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2005/3341-blueiriswipWC2.jpg

Artaholic
04-14-2005, 02:05 AM
Wow. beautiful, will be waiting to see the finished product :clap: :clap:

Jo Castillo
04-14-2005, 02:21 AM
Wow, will be stoppin' by to see the rest...
Jo

Artistammy
04-15-2005, 08:49 PM
I did manage to work on the buds & the left petal a little. There's about to be a pause while I finish the Boston terrier commission http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=264779.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Apr-2005/3341-Img_0192.jpg

Trilby
04-16-2005, 04:45 AM
Got my munchies and coffee and am all pulled up to watch this one's development. Irises are so beautiful and yours is doing the flower great justice.
TJ

Westerngirl
04-16-2005, 06:57 PM
This is awesome! I love the iris; I'm too chicken to paint them, though! Hmmmm....maybe this summer........ :p

Artistammy
04-16-2005, 10:49 PM
Western girl, iris aren't too hard. Just draw & paint in the shapes of shading you see. That shows up the shape of the petals.
So far, I've only been using some cheap pastels & Rembrandt, Grumbacher. Now that I have a layer all over I'll start using my soft Senneliers.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Apr-2005/3341-blueiriswip3.jpg

Paula Ford
04-16-2005, 11:30 PM
Hi Tammy :wave:

This is coming along beautifully and I just love the color of the background!!

Paula

Artistammy
05-18-2005, 09:04 PM
Now that I finished that Boston Terrier commission I'm back to my iris. Today I added some softer pastels to two of the petals & lightened the background around the iris.
If you use a foam peanut to blend does it affect the glow like using your finger does?

Nicoclaus
05-19-2005, 12:38 AM
Very nice, looking forward to see it finished

Jo Castillo
05-19-2005, 02:09 AM
Just great. Beautiful colors. 'Course I love blue. :)
Jo

brushandknife
05-19-2005, 09:40 AM
:clap: I love iris and I love this. Can't wait to see more.
Carol :wave:

Terry Wynn
05-19-2005, 11:42 AM
Tammy,

I love the iris painting and thank you so much for doing it as a WIP. I have so much to learn.

I checked out your Boston Terrier painting. EXCELLENT :clap: :clap: :clap:

I hope the Buyer was thrilled (they should have been).

Great work.

Terry

soprannoo
05-19-2005, 05:20 PM
:clap: Looks like a winner to me. Keep up the careful work, can't wait to see the finished product.

Rose Baggs
05-21-2005, 12:36 AM
I'll be watching it too. Looking great already! :wave:

Artistammy
05-21-2005, 07:20 PM
I decided today it was a little too dark IRL. I don't want it to look dull if it hangs without tons of light. It's hard though to lighten without changing shapes & relationships of values. I've got to stop & didn't get everything back to the right comparison & shape yet. Update when I can....we have a sick dog too. I'll try to post about that in the scumble when I get time.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-May-2005/3341-myblueiriswip5.jpg

Trilby
05-21-2005, 07:24 PM
Sorry to hear about your doggie, it's always worrisome. But, oh my, how this Iris is coming along. It's beautiful.
TJ

ctmobitz
05-21-2005, 10:52 PM
Iris is beautiful.......can not wait to see it finished....love your background also!!!...

Keep up the good work

Regards,

Claude :clap:

Artaholic
05-22-2005, 12:20 PM
This should brighten uup anyone's day :) :clap: :clap:

Artistammy
05-22-2005, 08:38 PM
I think I've tweaked all the values & edges pretty well now on the main flower. Next will be the buds. I thought I'd put the last version next to the new one.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-May-2005/3341-myblueiriswip5a.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-May-2005/3341-blueiriswip6a.jpg

Nancy Leone
05-22-2005, 10:36 PM
Lovely. Looking forward to the Iris blooming here.

Artistammy
05-28-2005, 04:13 PM
I've finished the buds. Now I've got to decide if I'm going to tweak the background any....maybe a little.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-May-2005/3341-blueiriswip7.jpg

Mikki Petersen
05-28-2005, 04:41 PM
Tammy this is stunning!

Mikki

Khadres
05-28-2005, 04:58 PM
Gorgeous!!!!

Artistammy
05-28-2005, 07:48 PM
:o Thanks. Here's the final product. The bottom is a little darker than real life. That's one of the things I tweaked...the right bottom had been too dark.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-May-2005/3341-blueirisdoneWC.jpg

Charles Perera
05-28-2005, 09:43 PM
This is really beautiful and vibrant

charles

pastelist
05-28-2005, 10:42 PM
I am truly loving it. Keep it up! It is coming along beautifully.

Artistammy
05-29-2005, 07:06 PM
OK, for you who didn't notice I said final product....I'll let you help me decide on a mat color. Which one? two white, white with light blue or white with medium blue?
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-May-2005/3341-blueirisedone2white.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-May-2005/3341-blueirisdonewhiteltblue.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-May-2005/3341-blueirisdonewhitedkblue.jpg

Kathryn Day
05-29-2005, 09:10 PM
I like the mat with white and light blue. Great painting!

Paula Ford
05-29-2005, 10:40 PM
Hmmmm, I kinda like the last one. Beautiful painting Tammy!

Paula

Piper Ballou
05-29-2005, 11:05 PM
Tammy- I like the last one too. I showed these to my husband who does my matting and framing and he also voted for the last one, and actually he said maybe the darker blue mat for the inner mat with the lighter blue on the outside..but then again he does not like white mats....
piper

Margaret Dent
05-30-2005, 12:44 PM
Tammy,

I'm with Starjoy's husband. This drawing is so vibrant, full of colour AND relatively dark, I think introducing pure white mat, especially on the outside which covers a larger area, is a mistake. It's too stark, creates too much contrast (and you want it to accentuate the drawing not fight with it), and hence takes away from the impact of the art. I would actually go with a nice light greenish (close to the colour in the background) on the ouside and darker blue on the inside. Or reversed. Play some more.

BTW, STUNNING PAINTING!!!!! I have been watching it with amazement.

Margaret.

P.S. Edited for spelling mistakes!

Nodosaurus
05-31-2005, 08:41 PM
I vote for the last one, as well.

It turned out superbly!

Rose Baggs
06-01-2005, 10:44 AM
If I'm not too late to vote...I've chosen the last one too.
It turned out great Tammy!!!