View Full Version : Fuchsia WIP

02-09-2007, 09:35 AM
I'm using a photo from the image files, I believe from Howard. I love fushia and this pic really caught my eye. For the 1st time I'm using Interactive paints. I'm on the fence about them, but I could really use some help. Please C&C. I like Howards "arm" holder for photos idea and I'll set that up soon, but for now you can see the pic taped to my easel. I feel I'm using two different approaches, one on the top, and another on the leaves, possibly because I'm using the different paints. The blue on the flowers is blockout.

02-09-2007, 09:36 AM
Lookin' fabulous already!!

Leslie Pz
02-09-2007, 09:42 AM
I don't really see two different styles... very well tied. Eager to see more!!!

02-09-2007, 10:13 AM
Hey, I recognize that photo. Whoppee! Glad you found it interesting. I don't see a desparity of style at all. The bakcground is different and needs to be treated as such. Can't wait to see this progress.

02-09-2007, 01:33 PM
You have a great start and I'm looking forward to your update!

02-09-2007, 01:43 PM
Nice start!!!!!!!!!!

02-09-2007, 02:00 PM
going great! don't forget to keep the focal point your focal point,(I'd work towards fading that central lower leaf behind the whole flower, it's barely noticed in the ref and will bring your flower forward) and notice the difference in the colours of the BG top to bottom? it's quite an exciting image...especially colourwise...

mrs willow
02-09-2007, 04:09 PM
This is looking great! :thumbsup: What size is it? looking forward to more updates!

02-09-2007, 05:12 PM
I'll be checking back with interest, looks good so far

02-09-2007, 06:47 PM
lookin' good !! ...

02-09-2007, 06:55 PM
great start . pulling up a chair !!:)

02-09-2007, 07:03 PM
Thanks everyone! I'm trying to figure out how to soften those leaves, I knew it was a problem Gill, thanks for seeing it! Howard thanks for the ref photo, I'm in love w/ it, and that will pull me through!Thanks to eveyone for your quick replies and encouragement! I painted somewhat yoday, and will paint more tomorrow and post!

02-09-2007, 07:10 PM
Jackie - this is looking stunning already -not surprised you are in love with the fuschias - I am so looking forward to see it progress!!!
(one way to soften is to ensure you don't have any sharp edges for the background - dry scrumbling over the top of the edge or wet blending can achieve this)

02-09-2007, 08:01 PM
Thanks Ruth, I'll try that!

02-09-2007, 09:13 PM
I LOVE Fuschia!! It is my favorite flower.I will be watching to see it through to the end!

02-09-2007, 09:49 PM
woops! looks like I spelt it wrong...Fucshia, I used to be a good speller, old age perhaps, LOL!

Lady Carol
02-09-2007, 10:02 PM
Awesome already.

02-10-2007, 12:30 AM
coming along.... coming along..... :thumbsup:

02-13-2007, 08:56 AM
Sorry it took so long for an update. Thanks everyone for your encouragement and feed back, esp Gil and Ruth. The background has been a challenge, and I may return to it, but for now I'm concentrating on the flowers. Howard thanks again for the photo, if it comes out well do I have your permission to use the piece in a show?

02-13-2007, 08:59 AM

would help if I posted the pic wouldn't it :)!

02-13-2007, 11:51 AM

02-13-2007, 12:19 PM
Jackie it's looking absolutely stunning! :thumbsup:

02-13-2007, 12:32 PM
wow ... i love how they're growing right out at you out of the background ...

02-13-2007, 01:20 PM
Oh yum, this is looking gorgeous!

02-15-2007, 08:30 AM
I completed this last night. This piece gave me quite a challenge with the background and I was having my doubts as to how it would come out. I'm very happy with the completed painting. Please C&C, I will also post in the critique forum. Thanks to Howard for the reference photo, and thanks to everyone who encouraged me!!! Oh, the size is 18"x24" on canvas.


02-15-2007, 09:26 AM
This is a beautiful painting!

02-15-2007, 10:04 AM
Thank-you Janet!

02-15-2007, 10:18 AM
OK, I am very impressed. Nice to see one of my photos translated into something wonderful. Charlie's Mum did some waterlilies last year that turned out great.

Thank you for this lovely translation. Very impressive.

Leslie Pz
02-15-2007, 10:31 AM
So glad you worked through your doubts! This is an excellent piece. LOVE that blue flower in the front! Background is very excellent.

02-15-2007, 11:46 AM
I'm pleased that I impressed the photographer! Thanks so much Howard, for your photo and your kind words!
Leslie, if there's one thing about me it's that I'm very tenatious. I'm happy you like the background because I thought it would be the death of me, it took three torturous days of stepping back, fidling, pulling my hair out, and probably some bad words :)! But, it was worth it! I like painting flowers!!! I think I'll do another, LOL!
Howard, I'd love to see that painting that Charlie's Mum did, where can I find it?

02-15-2007, 05:02 PM
what a lovely result !! ... great job !! ... :thumbsup:

02-15-2007, 05:26 PM
This is so lovely! Nice work. :)

02-15-2007, 05:54 PM
Thanks Ann and Violet :)!

02-15-2007, 06:04 PM
stunning. I don't think I'm familiar with Interactive paints. How are they different.

02-15-2007, 06:26 PM
You can blend with them as they have a longer open time. Problem if you like to use glazes, like me, the paints lift right off. They do have a binder medium to prevent that, but then you can't blend them. I need to practice more with them before I commit to a large painting.
Thanks for the compliment!

02-15-2007, 10:11 PM
wow this turned out so nice !:)

02-15-2007, 11:00 PM
Hey Jackie..I jsy knew you would do a bang up job on those fuschia and you sure did.Really quite 3D and lovely textures.Great job!!!

02-16-2007, 01:00 AM
Wow, a beautiful painting, so full of light. Good work!

02-16-2007, 08:11 AM
Thank-you Maria, Anthony and Brian!

02-16-2007, 12:28 PM
Jackie, this just took my breath away!! Stunning- now I have to go pick my jaw up off of the floor.

02-16-2007, 01:18 PM
Thanks Tracey!!!

02-16-2007, 09:53 PM
Excellent finish! :thumbsup:

02-16-2007, 10:23 PM
Lovely painting, colours are fantastic, thanks for the WIP they are always fun too watch :clap: !!

02-17-2007, 07:45 AM
Thanks Nitza and Taz!