View Full Version : Bursting Out WIP

10-02-2005, 03:20 PM
Chars classroom inspired me to start a macro floral of my own, thank you Char! This is on a half sheet of Fabriano 140lb CP, but actually measures 18 x 14 inches. The reference image is by Krough (wherever did she get to?) and is in the RIL. I cropped it down to focus on the single flower.

Any comments, critiques or advice are welcomed, there are several things I can already see that I want to change. This photo was taken with a flash so the colours might be off (especially the reds).


Thanks for looking :)


10-02-2005, 03:49 PM
Ruth, I'll watch this, but I no longer offer suggestions on WIPs. :D

P.S. Thanks for the dinner invitation!


10-02-2005, 04:06 PM
Thanks Lynmom :D One day we will have a roast together!


10-02-2005, 04:20 PM
Looks like you have a strong sense of direction for this one, Ruth. Colors are working well together, too.
I admire your patience, I must try to do one of these someday!

10-02-2005, 04:49 PM
It's looking great Ruth!


10-02-2005, 04:55 PM
Looking good, Ruth!
I'll sit and look...

What reds are you using?


10-02-2005, 05:48 PM
Looking in, Ruth.... Could I please zoom by for some Yorkshire pudding? I've had it, but I'm not sure it was the proper kind....


10-02-2005, 06:19 PM
Lookin great so far Ruth, love you background and the way those petals are so carefully defined, looks like you will have another winner here

Granny R
10-02-2005, 06:32 PM
Yes this is going to be gorgeous. I love it already.

10-02-2005, 06:54 PM
what a beautiful start!

10-02-2005, 07:22 PM
:clap: :clap: Ruth, it's looking marvellous!!! The colours and light is gorgeous!!!

10-02-2005, 08:30 PM
Pulling up a comfy chair.. ;)

10-03-2005, 05:54 AM
:wave: :D

10-03-2005, 06:06 AM
Thanks guys :D I'll work on it today and maybe even finish it (if I get a wiggle on!)

Olga, I'm using all the reds on my palette - quin. magenta, quin. rose, vermillion, napthol. I've used winsor violet and indanthrene blue for the darks.

No comments about the middle of the flower? I wasn't sure whether the masked highlights were overkill.

Back later!


10-03-2005, 06:11 AM

This is looking good already. I like what you did in the background.

I noticed your careful masking in the center of the flower and I think it is a very good idea. You can always cover the white if you think it is too glaring when you take the masking off with a pale wash of the yellow.

It is hard to see over all the heads of those who got here earlier than me. ;)


10-03-2005, 06:17 AM
Thanks Sylvia, that could still happen, I'm also unsure of how much detail to include in the rest of the centre.

Emilie, I forgot to say I'd be delighted to share my Yorkshires with you! They're easy to make, too, I'll dig out a recipe :)


10-03-2005, 06:21 AM
I'm watching too - this is a fascinating start - impatient for more!:)


10-03-2005, 08:29 AM
Thanks Robyn :)

I've worked on more petals, including the ones in the lower right corner from another flower. I don't want these to draw the eye too much so I'll possibly soften them later. You can see a petal in the lower left corner with only the first wash on. I'm going to re-wet the middle of it then drop juicy pinks and purples into it to create form.


The colours on this image are much more accurate.


10-03-2005, 08:44 AM
Oooooooh!!! I love the juicey, rich colour in this, Ruth!! And, I agree with Sylvia about that centre... you can decide what to do with it when you remove the masking... keeping it protected while you finish the petals is a great idea... Your lighting is perfect and I love your background!!!!

10-03-2005, 02:45 PM
Thanks Char :)

I ran out of time today :( This is where I got to, only 2 or 3 petals left and some adjustments to the shading on the others, then that centre.


Posting these steps really helps keep me going, and of course seeing the painting on screen makes it easier to see problem areas! Thanks for watching! :D


10-03-2005, 03:26 PM
I am watching too Ruth!!

I am loving that background....and the deep value shifts in the petals to show depth and shadow....beautiful!!!

I know what you mean by it's easier to keep on task when you have a WIP posted - it really does spur me on to paint more!!


10-03-2005, 10:19 PM
Oh RUTH this is going to be STUNNING!!! :wave: :clap:

10-03-2005, 10:28 PM
What Darla said..

10-04-2005, 04:13 AM
Oh WOW Ruth!!! Your macro is turning out fantastic!
I love that RED
Each and every petal is a masterpiece of its own.



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10-04-2005, 12:54 PM
Hi Ruth,
Wow...that's what I though when it opened. This could well be one of your best ... if you don't muck it up in the finish :) But, you are a master, you won't do that.

Incidentally, I was just leaving a comment on Emily's Steed painting and thought this flower was given for an Em underpainting, wasn't it? I need to try to sort out my own shadows once with underpainting to see if it would be easier then working backwards!

I will keep an eye on this ..don't want to miss the great unveiling.

10-04-2005, 02:00 PM
Thanks Em! I don't know what I'd do without WC.

Darla, that's very kind :)

Thanks JJ!

Thank you Jutta, I have tried to treat each petal as a separate painting (like Char) but always thinking of the whole too, hopefully it worked. :)
Does it look more red on your screen? I think it's a little more on the pink side IRL.

Ale, I'm not so sure that I'm a master :o I did make a mistake with the centre, not sure I saved it. I expect this flower would be a great subject for underpainting but I never got on with that technique, why don't you give it a try and see? Krough has lots of different photos of the same flowers you could choose from.

Well, I think I'm finished, unless anyone sees something to change!?



10-04-2005, 02:17 PM
OMG!! This is bril Ruth!!!! Positively outstanding!! Thanks for sharing the steps.... I must try something like this soon. :) :clap: :clap:

10-04-2005, 02:22 PM
NOPE...nothing to change...just send it in the postal out to me!! ;) :D Seriously Ruth, this finished up wonderfully, you've rendered the colors perfectly. WONDERFUL values and BG too!! :clap: :clap:

10-04-2005, 04:49 PM
Beautiful macro floral, Ruth! Glad you decided to tackle it, your WIP was really good too!


10-04-2005, 06:45 PM
Looks SUPER Ruth! Thanks for sharing your technique. I love it!

10-04-2005, 07:42 PM
:clap: :clap:

10-07-2005, 05:01 AM
Ruth, this is really gorgeous!!! I love the colours you have used.


10-07-2005, 05:21 AM
Thank you all, it's nice to get back to macros, and I'm glad the steps I posted didn't only help me ;)


10-07-2005, 09:49 AM
Oh Lordy, Ruth!! It is just smack-dab gorgeous!!..... The red is yummy....

Lynn Quinn
10-07-2005, 10:59 AM
Ruth, I believe I saw the finished one in the gallery? But it was really nice to see all your steps. Thanks for doing it as a WIP! Very pretty!