View Full Version : White on white WIP

09-07-2007, 07:11 AM
I am going for something completely different here and am going to try to paint a white calla lily on a white background - saw a painting like this and it looked so superb having only a tiny bit of dark.
So this is my rough underpainting:
Apologies for picture - taken at night but hopefully will all be upwards from now on with the addition of glazes.

09-07-2007, 07:38 AM
It's gonna be grand! Already has that O'Keefe feel, doesn't it?

09-07-2007, 08:06 AM
Looking forward to watching this, Ruth. :)

09-07-2007, 08:42 AM
This is beautiful. I love it. Can't wait to see the completed work. Jan

09-07-2007, 08:46 AM
Love the crop too!

09-07-2007, 09:13 AM
Pulling up my chair with a cup of coffee to watch. I love these WIP's. Can't wait to see this completed.

09-07-2007, 09:19 AM
Thanks Celeste, Ann, Gayle, Jan and Gail - lovely to have you along for the ride - I always need company to paint:lol:

- here is the first layer of colour - will blend more and work on texture tommorrow - past midnight here now so photo again trully awful - just a quick update!

Li'l Brown
09-07-2007, 09:41 AM
Ooh Ruth this is nice already. Are you using glazing medium for this? I have a white calla lily ref pic I want to try but I might wait and watch how you make out first. :lol: I love how we can learn so much from each other at WC-- you guys are a real gold mine!

09-07-2007, 01:57 PM
Love to do any white subjects on white watercolor paper. This is turning out great!


09-07-2007, 02:27 PM
this sounds like a difficult project but Im sure you'll pull it off amazingly

09-07-2007, 04:04 PM
Thanks Dreamz, - hope to get there
Kay - must look at your results!
Audrey - delighted to be an inspiration
Here is an early morning photo - maybe begining to show the layer of glazes I've ued to get all the luminous colours in thi particular lily


The stalk is too dark for the light - so will change to a more yellow green full light stalk - still want to keep an area of dark colour for balance in the painting.... try to get a full range of values in .....

09-07-2007, 05:00 PM
Looking beautiful already Ruth! Time for another visit to Hamilton I think!:)

09-07-2007, 05:53 PM
This is so rich in color, Ruth. The comp is great!

09-08-2007, 02:12 AM
Thanks Linda - there are lots of colours in there - i find that I can never work out the correct colour and see only purple then only blues then greens - well you get the idea - I just keep on blending in and adjusting with a watery layer of white if its getting too over saturated....
LuLu!!!!! would love to see you - we have visitors from Sydney the following week - arriving this Friday - so how about a rendevous on Wednesday????

I'm a little stuck at the moment as the composition seems to need something to balance the lower right hand corner - there is too much empty space and the painting needs grounding so as to speak...
any suggestions are very welcome...
I want to keep it white - although have toyed with various sketches of lily leaves - wondering about an out of focus lily shape in the distance abuting this one....
Watch this space...

09-08-2007, 05:07 AM
wahoo Wednesday is perfect! Can meet at the French Tart Cafe - will pm you:)

09-08-2007, 10:32 AM
I actually like the empty space. I've tweaked it just a little wondering if you adjusted your lines a little you might like the empty space? Just a quick edit.


I think this is a very elegant painting already.

09-08-2007, 11:49 AM
This is coming along beautifully. I am still watching close. Jan

09-08-2007, 11:52 AM
very classy, ruth. i agree about lightening the stalk. you are doing a fantastic job so far. love to see the end-result.


09-08-2007, 01:10 PM
Beautiful so far!

09-08-2007, 09:11 PM
Celeste - clever you - yes I can see that working much better - it's the monotony of the negative space that is irritating me -( although someone pointed out the obvious error of the COI being dead center - and I wonder whether this is why it looks unbalanced-) however I love the improvement of altering the angles and filling the space with more of this rather then another flower / leaf as the attraction was the simplicity of the image and anything else would have made it too busy
Big sigh -- this reminds me why I love you guys ... so much helpful imput from other artists - fabulous!!!!
Thanks for your encouragement too, Jan, Kay, and bchlvr.

09-08-2007, 09:17 PM
I really like Celeste's digi alteration. That helps to echo the other curves in the painting, and so your eye is moving around those instead of focusing on the centre.
I wouldn't put anything in the 'empty' space, to me it is not empty.
Would be interested to hear Elaine's take on it.
Very nice, can't wait to see it:)

09-08-2007, 09:31 PM
Ruth, I agree with Lulu about the empty space. It's looking great already!

09-08-2007, 11:14 PM
This is looking fabulous!

09-09-2007, 12:00 AM
Hi Lillian, Tracey and Lulu - thanks for popping in - that negative space was my main prob - will see how this looks now:
umm can see may need to deal to the tones in the bulb part - will grayscale it to see where the prob is... still a bit more glazing to get it all right -

09-09-2007, 12:04 AM
It looks exquisite!!!

09-09-2007, 04:31 AM
Hi Ruth:)
Love your Lily!!!How about a little bit of leaf to add some anchor to the piece?

09-09-2007, 08:47 AM
I LOVE it! Gorgeous.

09-09-2007, 11:13 AM
Beautiful. Jan

09-09-2007, 07:07 PM
Thanks Jan, Celeste, Linda and Anthony -
I like your suggestion Anthony too - there may well be a leaf showing at the very edge of stalk - I did one then painted over it but it keeps bleeding bakc through the white so will have to redo it!