View Full Version : Need Background suggestions

02-13-2007, 12:08 AM
I painted this iris on a layer in Painter 9.5, so that I could put in a background later. Well, now I can't decide. I thought I'd prefer something light, leaving a lot of white, just very atmospheric, rather than dark, I've tried painting a few leaves, but I'm just not satisfied. Thank goodness the flower is on a layer!

Does anyone have any ideas for a background for this flower?

Any other C&C are welcome too!

02-13-2007, 04:41 AM
Hi Elaine, your flower is pretty! I took the liberty of putting it on a quick background to show you what my brain was thinking. Hope you don't mind, I am better at showing than describing. Just a few quick strokes with the airbrush and a few strokes with the sargent brush.

02-13-2007, 05:32 AM
That's nice Sherry, but I also like Elaine's original on a white bg. Looks a bit like a botanical drawing.

02-13-2007, 09:38 AM
Beautiful iris Elaine :thumbsup: and I like it as is, but if you really want a b/g you could pick up some of the colours in the iris and lightly use them :)

02-13-2007, 12:55 PM
I agree with Jean..... thats a beautiful Iris, and don't want to over clutter tha BG.. Just a hint of color from the Iris in very soft shades of the color from the Iris.


02-13-2007, 01:30 PM
Beautiful Iris! I agree that a light BG would be the best not detracting from that lovely flower. :)

02-13-2007, 05:13 PM
I think that a subtle background of yellows would help saturate and pop the flower's color out a bit.

02-13-2007, 06:22 PM
What a lovely iris I agree shades from the iris or yellow but i have to say i like it the way it is

Sandy K
02-13-2007, 06:26 PM
I agree with John.....I think a yellow tint will make that purple stand out....if that is what you are looking for. I like Sherry's idea also.

02-14-2007, 09:25 AM
Beautiful painting and I agree with the yellow suggestion but very very light and perhaps fading out to white. :wave:

02-14-2007, 09:21 PM
Thank you all. Funny thing is that I tried a little blue, like Sherry, and I did try a little yellow. Putting the complementary color behind it does help to make the purple pop. I wasn't happy with either- at the moment.
I will try again, and this time I will have the confidence that some of the "greatest minds of digital painting" are agreeing with me!

Thanks, everyone! These forums can be like a class where you have an instructor, or other students that you can bounce ideas off of, or get suggestions from! That really helps sometimes!

02-15-2007, 02:35 AM
How about something like this? Maybe a little lighter

02-15-2007, 08:44 PM
:clap: Oh, Nancy, I like that, we do good work together!:clap:

02-20-2007, 10:31 PM
Beautiful work Elaine and I think both of the backgrounds shown here are lovely.:thumbsup: