View Full Version : White Lily WIP

10-25-2007, 02:29 PM
I took this pic of a lily in a pot in my garden earlier this year... and posted it in todays wash for Amelia.....


First I cropped out the distracting ( to me ) areas and drew it up on an ancient sheet of Arches.

First the setup


close up of drawing.... started with negative areas around the outside.. then linked in a few details where other darks were to fall


the masking tape is put on about 1/4 inch all round outside the final , standard 8 x 6 matt whic is marked up in feint pencil while I draw and then rubbed out to allow me to paint up to the edges and adjust teh final matting

Then. unusually for me I used a smallamount of masking tape on teh critical whites... and started with a pale green slightly varied wash ... then dropped, splash ed and spattered , wet into wet and damp .... anything from pale yellow to dark blue and clean water, encouraging cauliflowers, backruns and bleeds to give depth to the final background


This stage is now dry... and I'm sitting deciding what to do next :D

10-25-2007, 02:37 PM
Woohoo, a JT WIP!

That's a really good idea about painting over the mat size to allow for adjustment. I have the nasty habit of taking the composition too near the edges.

I look forward to seeing this develop.


10-25-2007, 02:44 PM
Looking good JT!:thumbsup:


10-25-2007, 03:08 PM
OK I got the beer and nuts and I'm takin' a pew in the front row, 'Go for it Janet, ra ra ra" Always thought I'd make a good cheerleader:D

Now where did I put them pom-poms ......................

Ellen in Ont
10-25-2007, 03:22 PM
I'm pulling up a chair as well. Great start so far.

10-25-2007, 03:37 PM
Wow you lot are quick off the mark :D

Just in time to watch me hit the Uglies :D Guess Ive been distracted by Kev's pompoms :lol::lol:

I've dropped more darks into b/ground, sort of negatively suggested some leaves... not sure they look right...) and dropped in some magenta......


Next I shall hit the Quin Gold I think, before removing the masking and adding more background dark glazes

10-25-2007, 03:48 PM
Thanks for doing this WIP I am watching too!

10-25-2007, 03:49 PM
Give us a J

Give us an A

Give us an N

Give us an E

Give us a T

What have you got J A N E T ra ra ra:wink2:

Must get my pom-poms restuffed

10-25-2007, 03:58 PM
You're a little rusty with the hip shakes, Kev. You don't just wave the pom-poms, you need to jump in the air and shake your booty. ;)

I managed to get this drawn before going to class and have put in some of the background on mine. (I'm not brave enough to do a WIP ). People in my class thought your reference photo was gorgeous. ;)

This is coming along really well. I'll sit here and cheer along with the gang.


10-25-2007, 04:30 PM
You're a little rusty with the hip shakes, Kev. You don't just wave the pom-poms, you need to jump in the air and shake your booty. ;)


If you'd ever seen my booty you wouldn't want it shakin' within a confined space:D

Love the leaves Janet, more negative painting in that area would be great.

10-25-2007, 04:49 PM
It's taking shape JT!! I think that pic is so beautiful.


Kev quit putting those pom-poms in my face......... sit down in that pew!!!! You are looking to hurt someone........or something........:D

10-25-2007, 05:35 PM
Great picture.

10-25-2007, 07:19 PM
I dunno..... with all this booty and pom-pom shaking in the front pew... its amazing I could carry on painting - though secretly all the support is pleasing , appreciated and making me blush :o - such a lot to live up to :wink2:

Here it is with masking off and 1st round of quin gold

and now with several more layers of darks ( indathrene blue mostly with some quin magenta ( I think ?) and quin gold - to pick out more negative leaves ( Im really not good at that technique) ......... finally a light wash in places with an orangey mix......

And who's noticed the front fat leaf correction with titanium white undercoat???

so, finished or not ?? please pick holes where you see them.

I will leave it for tonight and look and photograph in daylight


Thanks all of you so much for coming along to hold my hand :)

ps Ive had to do some correction to get this close to RL... and now on my screen , uploaded it looks too red and too blue compared with how it leaves me !!!!

later... now its dry Ive matted and put a sheet of perspex over it .. and realise how flat teh stamens look... pollen tomorrow I think.. do you agree?

10-25-2007, 08:11 PM
JT, it's a wonderful and powerful painting, definitely your style, colours are lovely and just the right amount of loose and tight - oh, I mean straight and curly hair:evil: :p

The one thing I would change is the the little white ladder (white hair sticking up), if it was mine I'd lose them.


10-25-2007, 10:09 PM
This has been fascinating to watch the changes as you added the colors and the darks. You used my new favorite blue color as well!

Now I have something to try to live up to with this lovely reference photo.


10-25-2007, 10:32 PM
Wow JT those lessons from Jean are really paying off, this painting looks beautiful!! :clap:

Doug Gulley
10-25-2007, 11:12 PM
Looking good I'll be back, what is that big screen your reference is on.


10-26-2007, 02:42 AM
Thought the whole pic was going south there for a minute but it has turned out just lovely!!!!!

I get so afraid at the ugly stage I just freeze!!

Way to go Janet!!!

Hey! Who's that passed out under the bleachers?!?!? Kev is that you?!?!? Where's Doug?? Better make sure he's ok!!


10-26-2007, 02:58 AM
Hey! Who's that passed out under the bleachers?!?!? Kev is that you?!?!?


Twas I indeed, ............ one of my pom-poms dropped off:eek:

Jt beautiful light captured here, it just bursts out of the shadows.

Agree with Uschi, that little white "ladder" doesn't make sense as it moves across 2 petals without deviation, it holds the eye at the moment trying to make sense of it. Other than sorting that out, putting a little reflected light on the stamens and dabbing in a little pollen it's done and you have got a winner. :thumbsup: :clap:

10-26-2007, 09:24 AM
Thanks so much for all the fresh eyes...... and helpful comments.....

hope the loss of a pom pom wont restrict your brush arm action too much Kev :D

have posted the final ( I hope) version, minus 'ladder' and plus more pollen in the gallery (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=453518)......

had to stop as one detail was leading to another..... so not sure if Ive overdone it !!

10-26-2007, 05:25 PM
..ok... off to look in the Gallery...

10-26-2007, 10:13 PM
I knew I recognized that lily from yesterday - so pretty!!!!! I hadn't seen the WIP but just saw the great finish!!!!

10-27-2007, 01:00 AM
Kev - LOL!!

I hope your Pom-Pom has made a full recovery :)


10-27-2007, 09:31 PM
Looking good I'll be back, what is that big screen your reference is on.


Doug.. its my relatively new HP L2045 LCD monitor which swivels into a portrait position as well as up and down as well as the usual angling !! Ruth /Madmum tempted me :)