View Full Version : Bird of Paradise - Abstracted

08-05-2007, 10:36 PM
I started to do this acrylic 18 x 24" on gallery wrapped canvas more realistically and remembered that someone suggest I try a more edgy take on florals, so, I thought this was the perfect flower to try it with. I've had fun on the painting tonight.


08-05-2007, 11:07 PM
oooh, that's really pretty! Vibrant colors, and I love the blue... and right next to the yellow, it just jumps up and grabs ya! Well done! :)

08-05-2007, 11:49 PM
I really like this edgy style, looks wonderful and I agree the colors really make this painting pop.

08-06-2007, 05:07 AM
Superb colours Celeste -- this is going to be great. :clap: :thumbsup:

Val. :wave:

08-06-2007, 06:18 AM
Thanks everyone.

08-06-2007, 09:31 AM
Beautiful shapes, colours, values. Great approach.

08-06-2007, 10:38 AM
it works really well too :)

Katherine T
08-06-2007, 11:23 AM
Lovely colours. Every time I see one of these plants I try to work out how to do them - and end up walking away and leaving it for next time.......:rolleyes:

08-06-2007, 02:36 PM
Love the abstractness of this painting. Colours are gorgeous too.

08-06-2007, 04:26 PM
Thanks everyone. Working out the right colors/shapes/values of the background was rather difficult on this. Not finished yet, hope to post update tomorrow. At first it was just going to be a rather plain dark background. I liked the "leaves" better. I'm also wondering if the darkest shadow forms at the bottom and to the right of the bloom are too distracting/competing for attention? What do you think?

08-07-2007, 04:04 AM
looking at again I think you are right, I'd tone them donw a little :) and maybe subtly different values of darkness in the different negative spaces?

08-07-2007, 06:55 AM
Yep, that's what I'm thinking.