View Full Version : Dahlia (on drafting film) - FINISHED

09-02-2007, 05:02 PM
8 x 10, Prismacolors on Dura-lar drafting film.

I worked on the background first, starting with the scrape and smudge I used on my last piece but it just wouldn't take enough color. I tried mixing dark green and tuscon red scrapings together but it seemed as if only the red stuck, the green was "ignored." :( The background didn't have anywhere near the amount of pigment I wanted and it turned out to be a mess. The scrapings got on the back of my film and drawing board. I had to erase it all and clean up everything. :crying: There is a possibility that its degree of success might depend on the color you are using. At any rate, I abandoned the technique and tried something else.

The background technique I used this time was a variation on Ann Kulberg's vertical line technique. I was very pleased with the results. I started with a fairly even layer of dark green, then added tuscon red in spots followed by kelp green. I finished with peacock green on the dark areas to neutralize the red a little more.

Here is what worked for me.

I worked all of strokes in one direction and let the end of the stroke feather out, turning the painting if needed. If stroking in the middle of a large area, I feathered the beginning of the stroke too.
I worked lightly on a slightly soft surface (I used 6 sheets of tracing paper).
I didn't have to keep sharpening my pencil. In fact, I liked a slightly dull point better than a newly sharpened one.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Sep-2007/7993-10535lilac_dahlia_in_show-med.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Sep-2007/7993-Dalia1.jpg

09-02-2007, 06:44 PM
Looks like a good start to me! :)

09-02-2007, 10:13 PM
Looks wonderful so far, that's for sharing your progress. I must try and source Duralar in Australia

Anna Dee
09-02-2007, 10:37 PM
Pulling up my chair!

:) Anna Dee

09-02-2007, 10:49 PM
lookin good :)

09-03-2007, 03:20 AM
This gonna be fun to watch...I've done a bigger version of this flower before.

09-03-2007, 07:30 AM
Thanks for the encouragement Kate, Liz, Anna Dee and Pancho.

Pancho, you obviously have good taste in selecting reference images! ;)

Here is an update. Purples and lilacs with touch of goldenrod here and there. Shadows done with complements.

This film is soooo responsive! It just seems to come alive right away. I am really enying working on it.



09-03-2007, 10:42 AM
oh, it is already beautiful- pulling up a chair to see the rest...

Rosa Weitzel
09-03-2007, 11:04 AM
Looking good so far. I will check back to see your progress.


09-03-2007, 01:04 PM
Lovely start! The flower is really starting to take shape and its a gorgeous pink. The background looks good, shame about the scraping technique not working so well, but the other way looks just as good. :)

09-03-2007, 01:43 PM
A good start. Those initial petals are beautifully done. I look foreward to further instalments.

09-03-2007, 03:33 PM
Oh, I'll be watching this one too! It's already looking awesome and I love that background!

09-03-2007, 04:55 PM
Beautiful - I'm pulling up a chair too :)

Liz: You can buy it at Eckersleys in Melbourne, Artistcare in South Melbourne or Dean's Art in LaTrobe St.

09-03-2007, 09:08 PM
What a beautiful beginning. The background alone is worth the look. It's been a while since I've been here and I can see how much I've missed. I'll certainly be watching with a learning eye. Thanks for sharing.

09-04-2007, 07:04 PM
Thanks Linda, Rosa, Jennifer, Marion, Ann, Dee and Karen.

I was pleased with the background too. I will try this technique again. Hopefully, repeating this technique will be more successful than trying to repeat the last one. :D

I worked on this some more yesterday and a little this afternoon. I'll probably do some more tonight. It goes incredibly fast and is a lot of fun.

Here is where I am so far.



09-04-2007, 07:10 PM
Anne, love all of your work. Of course this one is a flower, so I love it more! :heart:
The petals are coming out very thin and fragile. I do love your bg. I'm just not into bgs at the moment, but with your technique, I might be inspired to try it out. I will reread and study how you did it. Thank you. ;)


09-05-2007, 08:52 PM
Thanks Kathy. I really appreciate your comments.

I think this one is done unless someone spots something. I finished the petals and then pushed some of the values from the back using cool grays.



09-06-2007, 12:20 AM
Very well done...especially the texture effect of the petals.

09-06-2007, 08:23 AM
I love that beautiful glow and the colours are wonderful.

09-06-2007, 09:16 AM
Wonderfully done, Anne!! Love those petals!

09-06-2007, 04:29 PM
Gorgeous!! The petals look very silky :)
Can you maybe push the values a little more?

09-06-2007, 07:01 PM
A wonderful start--what you have here looks beautiful!

I'm enjoying seeing your progress!


09-06-2007, 09:52 PM
I Love This, Great Job. I Love The Colors,, It Looks Real.
Lori M.

09-06-2007, 10:04 PM
Anne, very beautifully done!! I love the soft delicate way the flower petals look. It looks almost exactly like your reference photo!! Great work.

09-07-2007, 06:26 AM
Thanks Pancho, Froney, Chisaii, Jennifer, Terri, Lori and Venus.

Jennifer, I pushed values between the petals and put some additional shadows under the bottom petals. Wow, it really made them pop out of the picture. I also darkened the background. It was good advice. Most of this was done from the back.

I'm really pleased with how the petals came out on the film. The smooth finish gives them that velvety texture.

Here's the results!



09-07-2007, 07:10 AM
It does really pop off the film now :) It is a very lovely piece.