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madmum
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).

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Oct-2005/10535-Pink_mum_macro_half_way.jpg

Thanks for looking :)

Ruth

artmom
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!

Lyn

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

Ruth

minov
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!

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

Doug

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

What reds are you using?

Olga

yahooserious
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....

Emilie

hopefulbucky
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.
Ruth

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

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

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

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

madmum
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!

Ruth

painterbear
10-03-2005, 06:11 AM
Ruth,

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. ;)

Sylvia

madmum
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 :)

Ruth

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

robyn

madmum
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.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2005/10535-Pink_mum_macro_2.jpg

The colours on this image are much more accurate.

Ruth

CharM
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!!!!

madmum
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.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2005/10535-pink_mum_macro_3.jpg

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

Ruth

mustcreate
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!!

em

olliewood0702
10-03-2005, 10:19 PM
Oh RUTH this is going to be STUNNING!!! :wave: :clap:

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

jaydiva
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.

Juttahttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2005/32313-51j.gif

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Sep-2005/32313-tnhaus.jpg

my new art website (http://www.diva-design.de/JBB/index.htm)

ale.l
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.

madmum
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!?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Oct-2005/10535-Bursting_Out_pink_mum_macro.jpg

Ruth

Starsprite
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:

olliewood0702
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:

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

Sylvia

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

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

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

Amanda

madmum
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 ;)

Ruth

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

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!