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yogibear
11-08-2010, 11:57 PM
This painting is another practice with acrylics. I think I am making progress as this was quite enjoyable to paint. I only had a bit of a problem with the background. Still not sure if I like it. I find it really hard to get a nice blended background with acrylics especially when using multiple colors. Any suggestions to how to make the colors blend nicely? Anyway this painting is 20 x 20 inches on stretched canvas. Any comments or suggestions appreciated.

Thanks for looking,

Liinda

jonesbf
11-09-2010, 12:08 AM
First, this is beautiful.

For blending backgrounds first wet it all lightly. Then cover it fairly thick in gesso. While it's still wet add your colors and then blend with a hake brush using the ole X stroke.

Now... tell us how you got the petals to blend so nicely. :)

Colorfur Critters
11-09-2010, 12:19 AM
Beautiful! I love the lighting.

ladypainter
11-09-2010, 07:54 AM
First, this is beautiful.

For blending backgrounds first wet it all lightly. Then cover it fairly thick in gesso. While it's still wet add your colors and then blend with a hake brush using the ole X stroke.

Now... tell us how you got the petals to blend so nicely. :)

I never knew of this technique but sounds good . I might try it. This flower is beautifully done . I love looking the soft petals. I would like to know as well how you did such fantastic blending.Nice work

OkeeKat
11-09-2010, 08:09 AM
Beautifully done, I just Love it.. great lighting!
sometimes spray misting the background as your working helps to blend it, I paint thinnly and I make it more watery as I blend it over the other colors for like a wash to tint it and allow the other color to show.. Hope that makes sense.
Great work, looks more like a masterpiece then a practice!!

Susan Jenkins
11-09-2010, 03:01 PM
amazing light.... you have rendered this beautifully!

wettek
11-09-2010, 03:14 PM
It has the realistic quality of a photograph, but clearly is not one. VERY nice.

yogibear
11-09-2010, 04:30 PM
Thanks everyone for your nice comments and suggestions. I never thought of wetting the background first before starting to paint. I guess this would extend the drying time. As for using gesso, Ben, I am not sure what you mean. Do you mean the clear gesso and does this extend the drying time? As for my getting the petals smooth, I find this much easier with small areas at a time. I use glazing liquid and a small dry brush to scrub out the hard lines. The glazing liquid is fine for making the paint smoother and thinner but I find on large areas it tends to get sticky fast and I don't like this.

purplepansey
11-09-2010, 04:39 PM
The petals are so translucent, they look wonderful as does the light and shadow on your flower.

PainterDeb
11-09-2010, 08:44 PM
Beautiful painting! the lighting is superb!

Margaret 59
11-09-2010, 09:28 PM
Perfect light and fab painting!

yogibear
11-11-2010, 12:40 PM
Thankyou Purple, Deb and Margaret for your nice comments. The lighting is always what attracks me to a subject. Loved this photo the moment I saw it. Thankyou so much to the contributor in the RL.

Peggy SCx
11-11-2010, 01:37 PM
Lovely rose! I particularly like the subtle colors on the pedals. Nicely done.

rmc
11-11-2010, 04:58 PM
well - this is wonderful
you have done a stellar job with the backlighting on the stems
congratulations!

yogibear
11-11-2010, 09:29 PM
Thankyou Peggy and Ruth. Yours comments are appreciated.

Linda

arl
11-12-2010, 05:21 AM
Wonderful colors, light and shadow.

noodle1
11-12-2010, 10:53 AM
Stunning!!

Elaine

biddlebeach
11-12-2010, 11:47 AM
This is beautiful! and I LOVE the background!

Chrisp47
11-12-2010, 03:28 PM
I think it is really good

RPut
11-14-2010, 05:53 PM
Gorgeous!! Love the back lighting you acheived.

karmasulta
11-14-2010, 06:04 PM
:clap: I love the color and light you bring to life in the painting.

yogibear
11-14-2010, 09:25 PM
Thankyou for all the wonderful comments. Every one is appreciated.

Linda