View Full Version : Sarah's Siberian WIP由EACTIVATED

03-21-2003, 03:19 PM
I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my friend for my birthday:) I took a ton of photos and had great fun doing that too. She works in a floral shop ocassionally and this is a quote from an email she sent me recently.... "I spent the last few days in a flower shop and I have had my fill of them but these get right inside me." That touched me and so did her gift of the bouquet to me....so here is one I am painting just for her. She peeks here at Wet Canvas....I wonder what she'll think of this? ;) :)

thanks Sarah:)

title: Sarah's Siberian

size: 10.5"x14"

Arches 300lb cold pressed paper

all Winsor Newton paints.

reference photo first....

I decided that this painting I wouldn't leave the background for last and be stumped as to how to handle it. I applied my underpainting of French Ultramarine Blue and Permanent Alizarin Crimson to the background.
Oops. got a bit dark with the underpainting. *sigh*
applied Winsor Yellow washes.
A few dabs of Alizarin Crimson and then on to the Antwerp Blue washes...blending with a wet clear flat brush.
Up until this point I was not liking the background, but having it not so much green really appealed to me after it turned out this way. Happy accident :)
Purple underpainting for the petals of the flower.

This is the point I'm at right now. I'm headed back to my desk to start on the local colour of the petals.

Thanks for peeking and as always, comments and critiques welcomed :)


03-21-2003, 03:27 PM
WOW! Stunning reference! This will be an absolute cracker! :D


Crystal Owl
03-21-2003, 03:34 PM
Man is this pretty!!!! Hurry back :)


03-21-2003, 03:36 PM
gorgeous photo

will be a winner *sounds like Hugh*


03-21-2003, 03:38 PM
What a lovely gift! And you are so patient with the underpainting technique, it really pays off. Beautiful so far, could even stand alone as a finished piece.

03-21-2003, 03:44 PM
This is bound to be another great piece from you, Em! Looking forward to more :)


03-21-2003, 04:36 PM
I guess I forgot to add WIP to the title of this one.....DUH!! lol

thanks for following along :) it sure does help to spur things on when I'm taking too long to paint something.

I added in some warmth in those back petals with Winsor Yellow and then some Permanent Rose. I also painted the stem.

thanks for peeking and commenting :)



03-21-2003, 04:44 PM
looking absolutly gorgeous as usual, Em. I'm loving it!!


03-21-2003, 04:46 PM

You are the (WO) MAN when it comes to these florals!

Sharon Douglas
03-21-2003, 04:52 PM
Exellent Em,

03-21-2003, 05:54 PM
:clap: WOW! :clap:

03-21-2003, 06:54 PM
I did a little bit more, in between making dinner and driving children around :)

Made a mixture of cobalt blue and permanent Rose. Really really weird for me to use cobalt blue. I just gave away two half used tubes to my painting buddy because I NEVER use it. Then today I was in a bind and didn't have a blue the right tone to get this electric kind of purple....I found a tube of cobalt with just one tiny little squeeze left and wouldn't you know it if it wasn't the best blue for it. :rolleyes: Seriously, I've not used that cobalt for probably 4 or 5 years:eek: :p

I am quite happy with how this is turning out so far. I think the background needs some attention...toning down a bit in the lower right corner and the upper bits need completing. Then it will be a matter of some defining with black and then I think it'll be done soon.

thanks for checking back in and for all the comments :)


03-21-2003, 06:57 PM
Looks absolutely Fabulous!

Thanks for the step by step...nicely done.

:clap: :clap:

03-21-2003, 07:17 PM
Beautiful.:) Thanks for the WIP.


lyn lynch
03-21-2003, 07:34 PM
WOW!! Now THIS my favorite Em painting. :D

I underpaint the portrait characters but not to this extent or with this skill. The control is wonderful to see. I wish that I could nab these photos and directions and print them out. You gonna make a book, Em? A how-to-paint book? You got the skills to do it w/success.

It so sweet of friend to send that message and give you this beautiful flower. You painted beautiful flower beautifully. This is a show stopper.

03-21-2003, 07:37 PM
Hi Em, this is just fabulous. I love the way you show your progress in this painting. Also love the choice of colours you used.

Will be waiting and looking for further updates and eventually the final product.

Clasje :)

03-21-2003, 07:43 PM
Absolutely wonderful! :clap: :clap: :clap:


03-21-2003, 08:11 PM
thank you for taking us through this lovely WIP . You make it look so easy and I can understand it when you breakd it down step by step . I don't know what the heck I'm doing when I attempt one on my own yet, LOL !! But as long as you keep posting these beauties I'm content to just look at them . This one is breathtaking !
Still waiting for a show on the westcoast.


03-21-2003, 08:42 PM
Originally posted by pampe
gorgeous photo

will be a winner *sounds like Hugh*


Have to also sound like Hugh........:D

Great start to a great painting.......

Lady Carol
03-21-2003, 08:56 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap:

Oh! I have been off this site all day. Just goes to show what I have been missing out on.

03-21-2003, 09:10 PM
Emilie in her corner - doin' a happy dance.....love those WIP's from Em!!!


03-21-2003, 10:16 PM
I finished up the last few details. Added in some veins on the petals. And then gulped real hard and laid in the shadows. :eek: Shadows are always the scariest part for me....do I have too many layers on and will the shadow glaze just slide around? will it dull the glowing layers? is it too dark? or not dark enough? :confused: :p but thankfully this time it worked out just fine.

I am really pleased with this painting. Ever have one of those paintings where everything just clicked? :)

thanks for commenting !!

have a creative weekend :)


ps. after seeing it onscreen, I might just tone down that lower right hand corner some.

03-22-2003, 01:35 AM
This is gorgeous !!!

03-22-2003, 01:38 AM
Lovely, simply lovely.


03-22-2003, 02:57 AM

This one is just glowing. Perfect colors, wonderful composition and highlights to die for.


03-22-2003, 03:01 AM
Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh! You have such a good eye, Em! Stunning.

Think you're right about lower right corner. I'd still love to have this painting on my wall, even for a week, to study it more closely :)


03-22-2003, 05:04 AM
Hi Em,

Missed this yesterday, but I really enjoyed reading the whole thread and watch your painting progress step by step this morning. I love the way the foreground lower petal on the flower looks like a beautiful, sweeping ball gown.

03-22-2003, 05:39 AM
Fantastic flower painting
I love the background!

03-22-2003, 07:39 AM
Looking very good-------well done----------Alan

03-22-2003, 08:24 AM
Wow all your friends will be sending flowers if it means one of these for their wall!!! It is absolutely stunning!!!:clap:

03-22-2003, 08:30 AM
Wow! :clap: :clap: :clap:


03-22-2003, 08:33 AM
Originally posted by krough
Wow all your friends will be sending flowers if it means one of these for their wall!!! It is absolutely stunning!!!:clap:

Yeah, I wonder how much it would cost to send flowers to Canada...WOW! Well done! The background is fascinating, so much to look at and enjoy. :cool:

Little Old Lady
03-22-2003, 09:21 AM
Glad I got back in time to see your wonderful WIP and great finished product. When I saw the Siberian title I thought you had turned to painting dogs!

03-22-2003, 01:32 PM


03-22-2003, 01:37 PM
Your style is quite unique !

03-22-2003, 02:10 PM
Thank you :) I appreciate you all taking the time to look and comment.

I have been looking at this one and I think I might add in some more warmth to the yellow streak....I think it needs a touch of orange...it's looking a bit flat to me.

have a creative day


03-22-2003, 03:07 PM
This is so very perfect! I have been wondering Emily if you are
a bit perfectionist in general....just curious ...however your work
is really breathtaking!

03-22-2003, 03:29 PM
oh it's lovely :clap: :clap:

And I think you are right about the warm

03-22-2003, 03:40 PM
thank you Pam and Gia :)

Originally posted by Gia
This is so very perfect! I have been wondering Emily if you are
a bit perfectionist in general....just curious ...however your work
is really breathtaking!

lol yes, Gia, in general I am a bit of a perfectionist....only selectively though. I couldn't care less about the state of disarray in my house and I really have no interest in keeping my chequebook balanced. Anything that requires any bit of creativity though and my perfectionism is apparent. Whether that be art, cooking, sewing, fashion, etc. :)


03-01-2008, 07:38 PM
!was lookin gthrough the demos for some flower examples, and found this little gem. Thought I'd bump it up foor others to enjoy! :heart:

03-01-2008, 07:54 PM
fantastic!! I never have had the patience for that much layering or that level of detail in the drawing even

03-02-2008, 05:25 AM
Another of our "oldies but goodies" threads showing em's wonderful underpainting technique brought back to the top for our newcomers to the Watercolor Forum to enjoy.


03-02-2008, 03:45 PM
Wonderful no matter how old.....her purple underpaintings are so unique!