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Phyllis Rennie
03-18-2000, 08:54 PM
Watercolor of "Little Gem" calla lilies. Image size approx. 8" x 11". This was my first attempt at painting with backlighting and I wanted to show the translucency of the leaves and flowers. I (as usual) got carried away with the colors too soon and didn't save enough whites. Any suggestions?

[This message has been edited by Phyllis Rennie (edited March 19, 2000).]

Phyllis Rennie
03-18-2000, 08:58 PM
Ooops! How did it get so big? How do I make it smaller? Sorry. Phyl

Phyllis Franklin
03-18-2000, 09:32 PM

03-18-2000, 09:38 PM
Hi there!
Pretty lillies. I don't know if you've tried this or not, but you can add white by lifting your pigment out. Simply wet the area and soak the color out. Also, as they are backlit, you could try adding some richer darks and shadows in the foreground for drama. Be careful, though. I often wind up making my paintings too dark doing this...hehehe...I get carried away with the pretty colors too...

03-19-2000, 01:29 PM
Hi llis......lovely callas, and I really like your choice of colors here. One thing I might suggest is a little more contrast between the background and the flowers. It will help the flower to "pop out" so to speak. You don't want them to look pasted on so let some of the leaves melt into the background if you like. Good Work ! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif


Phyllis Rennie
03-19-2000, 04:09 PM
Llis, Thanks for the help.

Bruin, We (Phyl and Llis) did this teamwork thing just to confuse you. The painting is by Phyl (Rennie). Llis (Franklin) helped me with the computer stuff.

03-19-2000, 04:53 PM
Phyl .... yes we do make a good team. I only wish that I could watercolor. I do have one watercolor up on my web site. As far as I can remember, I only have two that I have been proud enough of to actually frame. Check out my sunflowers sometime. They are listed under Larger Images.

Hey...we should team up more often. It was fun.

Phyllis Rennie
03-26-2000, 07:43 PM
Aurora & Carol, Thanks for the suggestions. And thanks again to Llis for the help with posting. Since the plant has died back for the season, and, since I'm not used to backlighting, I'm going to use this as my digital experiment and see what adding shadows looks like. Also thinking of experimenting with a much darker background. Computer or watercolor--what's the difference--some days I could throw them both through the window!!! But I keep coming back to them!!! Thanks again, Phyl

03-27-2000, 10:45 AM
I really like the softness of this painting, the only thing is the tonal values - perhaps it needs a 5th tonal value to give it a bit of depth.