View Full Version : White Cosmos (x-posted Watercolours)

08-20-2007, 09:20 AM
I think I fiddled too much with this one, I liked it more before I added a final wash on the background! :rolleyes:

Watercolours on Fabriano extra white 140lb, from my own reference, 12x10 inches.


Comments and critiques always welcome :)


08-20-2007, 09:33 AM
No, I love the background... very rich, and really makes the cosmos pop! Absolutely lovely!! :)

As for a crit... I would darken the second cosmos a bit, to push it back some, especially at the edge of the large one's petal. It is catching and holding my eye in that spot. But that's me... :)

Gorgeous piece! :thumbsup:

08-20-2007, 09:38 AM
Thank you! I think you're right, the small cosmos flowers could do with graying out a bit more to push them back (something only obvious once it's on the screen!)


08-20-2007, 09:41 AM
I completely agree with Angela. It's a beautiful painting, and I love the background. I would also darken the little flower next to the main one to push it behind the large one, and give the petals some separation. Overall it is certainly very effective. :clap: :thumbsup:

Val. :wave:

08-20-2007, 09:42 AM
(something only obvious once it's on the screen!)

That happens a lot with me! I finally bought me a reducing glass. :)

Still love the background! :D

08-20-2007, 09:49 AM
Thank you Val!

Angela, if I was more patient and let a painting sit for an hour or two after "finishing", I might notice things before posting! lol I must look for a reducing glass if that will make me see!


08-20-2007, 12:06 PM
Wow, stunning! I love the in your face attitude it has! :clap:

08-20-2007, 02:20 PM
It's very nice. I love the background.

08-20-2007, 03:48 PM
Thank you Mistiaggie, kmb :)

I have made a slight adjustment as suggested, but will be changing one more thing thanks to a critique in the w/c forum.

This is how it looks now:



Charlie's Mum
08-20-2007, 05:50 PM
I do like the way the flower captures the light - it radiates!
I think I'd be wanting to blend the hard colour a little more in that top petal Ruth - the horizontal line it creates is distracting - to me! :lol:
I do like the sweep of the composition - that's great!
I could see this as an even larger painting - WOW! :D

Lady Carol
08-20-2007, 06:12 PM
I like this. I am totally in awe of someone who can handle watercolour this well (you may remember my rather dismal attempts in my early days here - maybe not). Anyway the flower pops in the sunlight and the background is fluid and acts as a perfect foil against the petals.

08-20-2007, 10:53 PM
Ditto Carols first sentence! I totally agree. People like you make it look so easy.

08-21-2007, 12:17 PM
What can I say? It's just lovely!

08-21-2007, 04:59 PM
I like before and after, but I can see that darkening the small flower beneath the subject does push it back a bit. I like the background really well.


08-21-2007, 10:30 PM
I can feel the time of day, the season of the year, and can imagine a wonderul garden surrounding these blooms.

I can almost feel the sun on my neck.

Elegant and eloquent.

08-24-2007, 11:16 AM
Thank you all! I've had a busy week, with a family funeral and prior to that I was quite poorly, but finally got a good photo of this as it stands.

Carol, I remember you, and I remember how sad my early attempts at watercolour were! Lesson - everyone can do it if they persevere ;)



08-25-2007, 10:33 PM
Ruth, this is truly wonderful. You made a fabulous finish to an already lovely picture. I can imagine it matted and framed. Well done.:clap: :clap: :clap:

04-18-2013, 09:48 AM
This one is exceptional! Don't see how I missed it.

04-22-2013, 06:07 PM
A gorgeous painting which for me tells the story of how a flower attracts bees with it's welcoming petals. The cosmo relates to a big satellite dish sending and receiving signals to the insect world for the benefit of all flowers.
I love the colours of the flower and contrasting, subtle background and the flower has a wonderful 'pose.'

Vivien Maloney
04-23-2013, 03:02 AM
Beautiful! I like the small changes you've made also.

04-23-2013, 03:17 PM
My first impression is WOW! then looked at the comments about second flower catching the eye... thats true. I like the update you did in the second picture. Awesome!

05-01-2013, 07:15 PM
You have done a super nice job on your cosmos....Pat..

05-04-2013, 12:20 PM
i really like how you worked the light on your painting.

05-04-2013, 06:34 PM
Lovely painting! I don't practice watercolor, and I can't help or critique. For me, its perfect!