View Full Version : My agonizing Poppy background journey

09-06-2005, 10:53 AM
This is a half sheet, WN 140 CP, WN and Da Vinci artist quality paints.

My intent was to show these poppies in a spring garden setting.

In the first picture I have the poppies just the way I wanted them and I have the background just the way I wanted it and it looked O.K. from close-up but from a distance it was way too busy with all these colours, shapes and lights and darks fighting each other.


I decided I had to darken the greens to put the focus on the flowers - well, it looked way too green (greener in real life) and when I put it in the gray scale the value was almost identical therefore fighting with the flowers and dulling them.


I decided to tone down the greens with purple. This made it worse and duller


I was ready to give up the half sheet idea and turn it into a 1/4 sheet macro of the flowers only but since, at this point, I had nothing to lose I decided to try and warm it up a bit and give it a glaze of burnt sienna and although it is far removed from what I had initially intended it turned into a nice painting. It actually looks better in real because the camera can't quite get the background colour right.


The moral of the story is - don't give up until it's absolutely OVER :p


09-06-2005, 11:04 AM
Uschi ,
Yes , the ,"Fat Lady has Sung",( A baseball term) in your last one for sure.
Very nice and bright.

09-06-2005, 11:07 AM
:) Another , as you said , and Yogi Berra says," It ain't over til it's over"! Also very appropriate , and I don't even like baseball, but his sayings are very funny.
June :D

09-06-2005, 11:14 AM
Uschi that was an interesting read, and I have to say I absolutely love the finished painting.

Even 'tho it didn't turn out the way you envisioned it, it is still a winner..

09-06-2005, 11:43 AM
I agree! I think the last one is quite wonderful. :) :clap:

09-06-2005, 12:03 PM
Call that a struggle ??? :D:D:D :evil: :evil: Cant see a single hole in your paper ;)

09-06-2005, 03:04 PM
You had me sweatin' there for a moment phhhh
What a birth (as we germans say ;) )
Lovely painting, Uschi!! You're my flower hero!



09-06-2005, 04:44 PM
Beautiful poppies, Uschi!! (and I thought that "it ain't over
til the fat lady sings" was in response to a Wagnerian opera) :D

Jo in Georgia

09-06-2005, 04:50 PM
beautiful revision

T Christensen
09-06-2005, 06:12 PM
Job well done ...love that bg...I also like the second one ........TerryC

09-06-2005, 08:44 PM
Thanks June,JJ, Becky, JT, Jutta, Jo, Pam and Terry!!!

June, I didn't want to offend anyone :angel:

JT - Loud HAHA popped out of my mouth - I believe in addition vs. subtraction :evil: (if at all possible!). Told you I was an expert FIXER :p

LOL Jutta!

Jo, you must be thinking of Isolde :rolleyes: :D

09-07-2005, 02:16 AM
Uschi the last piece is definitely the best... glad you didn't give up and saved it... beautiful poppies..

09-07-2005, 06:15 AM

Thanks for taking the time to show us the changes your background went through. Your "fixes" worked and the final result is a terrific painting.


Mark G
10-17-2005, 11:34 PM

I think toning down the background was the right thing to do. Turned out great :clap:


lyn lynch
10-18-2005, 11:09 AM
Nice save, but where's the drips?

10-18-2005, 02:22 PM
What a journey. What a finish, love the brightness of the finished poppies.

10-19-2005, 08:02 AM

WOW!! These are incredible
bravo!!!love it,


10-19-2005, 04:47 PM
And now that you've read Ms. McCall's "popping" thread, would you still agree that a grey-scale would have been the *correct* thing to do?