View Full Version : Poor Man's Orchid ~ Macro WIP
02-28-2003, 12:19 PM
I started this yesterday morning and despite it's size (approx. 22"x22":eek: ) it's going along well. It started off being a full sheet, but due to poor composition I chopped off some of the side and feel much better about it now.
title: Poor Man's Orchid
Arches 300lb cold pressed
Winsor Newton paints : French Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Winsor Yellow and Permanent Rose used so far.
After masking out the pistel and stamens I laid out my underpainting for form.
Painted in the "sunshine" :)
Painted the petals using Permanent Rose one section at a time blending as I went.
Now it's time to tackle the background. All that's left for the petals is some shadow laid in once I have my darks down in the background. Not sure how dark I want to go or if I will leave it quite bright and out of focus. decisions decisions :)
thanks for peeking and as always comments and critiques welcomed :)
02-28-2003, 12:25 PM
I got a surprise when I saw the third picture - never guessed it was going to be red! lol Looking as beautiful as all your macros, Em :)
02-28-2003, 12:27 PM
You guys are teaching me so much!!!
In your underpainting, are you painting wet into wet on each individual petal?...with the purple and yellow?
Hope you don't mind the question.....:( Emilie
02-28-2003, 12:29 PM
:eek: OOOOOOOOOOOOh! My.
I have to try this underpainting stuff.
02-28-2003, 12:35 PM
Looks good, Em, thanks for doing this format. Your color knowledge is inspirational. You could never do these undercoatings w/o knowing how each wash will react. Glad you are still working the macros. Has the show been and gone?
02-28-2003, 12:37 PM
what ARE poor man's orchids?
Glasd you're back today:)
02-28-2003, 12:37 PM
thank you Ruth....actually, it's more hot pink than it is red....my camera sucks big time when it comes to photographing reds/pinks....it loses the subtley in tone :(
Emilie, do not apologise. If I wasn't interested in sharing my techniques I wouldn't post WIP threads :) Most all of my glazes are applied wet on dry and then blended with a clear wet flat brush. I applied the purple undertone (mixture of French Ultramarine Blue and Permanent Alizarin Crimson....leaning towards the blue side) and let that completely dry. Then I applied the yellow wet on dry again. I hope that helps :)
thank you Carol :) I'd love to see your results if you do give it a go.
02-28-2003, 12:46 PM
fookie! my knowledge has all been gained through trial and error :rolleyes: but , yes, I do know which mixtures work for me and which don't. for instance, when using the underpainting with reds, I have to apply it darker than other colours because certain reds block out the underpainting.....I use a "bluer" mixture in those cases too. my show isn't until June.....all my paintings are completed.... just need to frame and do all the other "paperwork". yuck. double yuck. I hate writing the bio and statement and such. I'd rather paint. lol
pam! poor man's orchid is a common name for Bauhinia. I take tons of pics of them when we vacation in Jamaica but this is the first time painting one. I have lots of photos of them in my album in the Reference Library. Big beautiful tree with tons of blossoms and hummingbirds fighting with each other for territory. paradise :cool:
headed out for lunch with my daughters (Teachers Convention=days off) and my Mom and sister....it will be fun :)
02-28-2003, 01:42 PM
Em, this is gorgeous!
02-28-2003, 02:20 PM
Em, thanks so much. I'm going to try the underpainting!!....I have about 4 paintings in various stages and am waiting hopefully for a new computer and scanner so I can post for help.....
I really appreciate you and all the others that help so much with other people's work....:D :D :D Emilie
02-28-2003, 02:37 PM
looking quite lovely, Em.
What are you planning for the background?
02-28-2003, 03:11 PM
Em, I am glad that this macro is going to be huge. With your wonderful technique the end result should be quite impressive.
02-28-2003, 03:15 PM
Looking good, Em. What size brush are you using?
02-28-2003, 06:30 PM
thank you Erin:)
I'm glad you are enjoying Emilie
background coming up Bethany :)
Giselle, I'm glad this one is bigger than my macro series paintings....but bigger is scarier!! lol
Debra, I'm using a 1" and a 2" flat to blend and a 12 & 14 round for applying the paint.
Here's the background started now. A light underpainting of my purple mixture in some spots, then Winsor Yellow over most of the background. After it's dry I applied Antwerp Blue. In some spots I've gone over it twice with both the yellow and blue because it wasn't intense enough for my liking.
I'm quite pleased with the bright green next to the pink...kind of shocking....but really quite accurate to the real life intensity :)
thanks for peeking
02-28-2003, 06:31 PM
02-28-2003, 07:06 PM
Oh-oh, I think she's almost done. WATCH OUT!
Little Old Lady
02-28-2003, 08:55 PM
Looking good. You keep outdoing yourself! How was lunch?
02-28-2003, 09:14 PM
02-28-2003, 09:18 PM
Em rules! :D
02-28-2003, 10:10 PM
02-28-2003, 11:41 PM
Originally posted by mchew
Got to agree you have a winner here.
By the way you must be doing this to forget the 20 inches of snow outside.
02-28-2003, 11:44 PM
WOW!!! how did u get the image to be so transparent and crisp...I watched the wip but its still amazing... bravo EM
02-28-2003, 11:45 PM
Amazingly Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing the WIP. It's just gorgeous.
03-01-2003, 07:05 AM
This is really interesting and informative, Em, thanks for doing a WIP of your macro.
Can't wait to see the big finale when the masking fluid comes off!! Drum Roll, ta da----
03-01-2003, 12:44 PM
I really like how you did the background that really makes the flower pop. Looking forward to more :)
03-03-2003, 03:28 PM
thanks to all who commented :)
well, I've worked a bit on it today. I completed the background and worked on that back piece of the flower that covers the blossom.
I removed the masking fluid and worked on the pistel and stamens. I think they may need some more sculpting. I added some more warmth to a few spots of the background. Also worked on the back part of the flower.....it's looking a bit "striped" to me and I might wash over some purple to tone it down a bit.
Hopefully I'll finish this today but you never know :p
thanks for peeking and commenting
03-03-2003, 03:34 PM
WOW! :clap: :clap: Em, it's amazing so far: colours, composition, technique. Keep going!
03-03-2003, 06:44 PM
thank you Sarah :)
I placed that back bit of the flower deeper in shadow. And I took a leap of faith and painted on the shadows on the petals. *whew* I think they work pretty good.
now all that's left is some edge cleaning and darkest darks.
03-03-2003, 06:49 PM
wow Em. this is great!! you have such patience to do all that detail and keep everything so clean. i try but all my good intentions get forgotten in the enthusiasm to paint. can't wait to see the final
03-03-2003, 06:50 PM
yes, they certainly do, little sister.....
03-03-2003, 07:14 PM
Stunning.......Great decision on the background too!
Little Old Lady
03-03-2003, 07:52 PM
Another one of your beautiful macros.
03-03-2003, 08:02 PM
Em, what can I say! You've outdone yourself once again! Lovely orchid... and the last shadows you added really made it pop!
Terrific job! :)
03-03-2003, 10:23 PM
thank you Bethany, Pam, Anita, JoAnn, and Lynn :)
now what to paint next?!! lol :D
03-03-2003, 10:41 PM
Oh wow, Em... I'd say you're done too!
Love it! :clap:
03-03-2003, 11:17 PM
thanks tess :)
03-04-2003, 12:33 AM
Nice finish EM
03-04-2003, 01:10 AM
Em, this is really beautiful!!!! How did you do the white stripes on the petals? Did you scrape them out when you applied the Perm. Rose or mask them first? I'm amazed they stayed so light and crisp looking throughout the whole procedure!
03-04-2003, 01:25 AM
Wowwww.....the colours are so fantastic. :clap: :clap: :clap:
03-04-2003, 02:20 AM
03-04-2003, 04:36 AM
Wonderful finale!! Gotta love those shadows, especially the ones showing the pistals. Another great one, Em.
03-04-2003, 04:39 AM
Incredible detail, I like the colours--well done---------Alan
03-04-2003, 06:28 AM
Beautiful in every way :clap: Fabulous composition, as usual Em, and perfectly executed!
03-04-2003, 04:44 PM
thank you Rich, Andrea, Patricia, Debra, Sylvia, Alan and Ruth!!
Andrea, I painted each stripe individually and it didn't take as long as I thought it would. I blurred some of the "white" lines in between so they wouldn't appear too regular and to create interest. no mask or scraping :)
03-04-2003, 04:47 PM
Beautifully done Em, love that "band" around the stem....:) karen
03-04-2003, 04:55 PM
Fantastic, em! I swear that it's going to move! It almost looks like some sort of fantasy plant that will eat you if you aren't paying attention. :D
03-04-2003, 05:04 PM
Very, very impressive, Em.
As always, a beautiful painting!
03-04-2003, 07:05 PM
GREAT FINALE, Emily!!!
03-04-2003, 07:41 PM
thanks Karen, LeAnn, Sienna and Pam :)
Karen, I regretted being a "slave" to my reference photo after I put those shadows on the stem......for some reason it looked different to me when I had it painted than in the photo. to me it looks kind of weird *shrugs shoulders* oh well. :rolleyes: :)
03-04-2003, 08:18 PM
Em, thank you so much for doing this as a WIP. It's a great learning tool for the rest of us. I could never quite figure out how you did this awesome underpainting.
You have an amazing, unique painting style that just drips with talent!!
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03-24-2012, 07:21 PM
Wow~~ just love the light and color! Superb!
Yowsa! Yowsa! Yowsa!:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Un-believable-ably gorgeous! Step aside Georgia, there’s a new gal in town!:D
03-30-2012, 03:04 PM
Brilliant!:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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