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Old 09-12-2018, 04:28 PM
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Lillies ( painting on expensive blotting paper)

That's it! I'm done!! I've finished it!

I present you my Lillies botanical illustration that is the epitome of Merphy's Law.
I've started on November 2017 and I've finished it today!
In between people and pets got sick and died, I had to move to a new house and my paper died too ( more you can read on this thread) with me ending up painting on a very heavy weight and expensive blotting paper.

But I didn't want to give up this painting and here it is. As it is. ( be kind please)

P.S. I'm feeling like I woke up from a painting nightmare... if you get my point!



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Old 09-12-2018, 04:45 PM
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Re: Lillies ( painting on expensive blotting paper)

Well, the troubles don't show at all. It's quite beautiful! So, great job!
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Old 09-12-2018, 05:03 PM
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Re: Lillies ( painting on expensive blotting paper)

I don't think that they don't show at all. The paper's surface is full of spots. I had to glaze the background with gouache in order to hide some how the bad condition of the surface of the paper.
I don't want to tell - in order not to spoil your nice mood not anything else- what a nightmare was to scan it. And I've foresaw that on the other thread.
The paper now has become like dried skin. That stiff.

P.S. I forgot to mention above that this painting was done on Saunders Waterford 425 gsm HP paper.
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Old 09-12-2018, 05:15 PM
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It's gorgeous! Whatever troubled you is not apparent on my computer screen. If in real life the paper surface is unsatisfactory, can you not still make prints and/or note cards of it, if you do that sort of thing?

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Wonderful ! It was worth it !
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Old 09-12-2018, 07:02 PM
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You're always an inspiration to me, Marialena. This is a very beautiful painting, no matter what you had to overcome. In fact, that's even more of an inspiration to me.
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Your struggles don't show -- it's a beautiful botanical of my very favorite flowers.
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Re: Lillies ( painting on expensive blotting paper)

And by the way Marialena, your lovely flowers are irises not lillies.
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Fantastic!

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Very beautiful! Love the rich colors.
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Re: Lillies ( painting on expensive blotting paper)

HI Marialena

So great that you shared this. I have had a similar problem when the sizing went to &*(%$W&(!***. What a nightmare...I just stopped. Then it occured to me that the paper was reacting like rice paper, so used it for Chinese Brushwork style - and it was simply marevellous....for a while...and then these spots appeared...like mould. Not pretty! What to do...so a hid the spots with passages in Chinese ink - black of course - thick like treacle. The result...passable.

I applaud your persistence.

Regarding the outcome...I must say the screen view is fine, so you obviously did a reasonable scanning job.

The actual flowers, background aside, show great skill, and are actually rather wonderful with the softer edges - very appropriate for irises.

P.S. I loved your description of the paper as "dried skin"
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Re: Lillies ( painting on expensive blotting paper)

Wonderful flowers Marialena, but they are Iris.

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Old 09-13-2018, 08:20 AM
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Thank you for your kind comments and for informing me what are these flowers.

The truth is, now that I recall it, that the my initial intention was to make Irises and I can't say why I renamed them. Probably because I started and stopped painting this particular painting for 8-9 months and my mind wasn't very clear at that point.

Human mind works in very strange ways. I can tell for instance on what point I painted the stems, or on what point I made each flower and these are connected with not so nice memories.

I just kept on painting this particular work in moments that I wanted to distract my mind if that make sense and what these flowers are was the least of my concerns.

Lillies or Irises or whatever, did it really matter? At some point all were mixed up, I'm not sure what I was thinking.

So I lost completely the plot. I've lost also during the move from the one house to the other whatever notes I had kept for the colours that I used ( I'm sure that I'll find them in a sketchbook or something at some point in the future).
So each time that I've started again to work on this painting I started from the very beginning trying to recall what I had done the last time.

It was you see a painting that my dad told me that he would like to see it finished, but he didn't and I had to finish it no matter what and Saunders should go #$&^% it self because that was a painting that I wanted to dedicate to my father and the paper died too and I ended up trying to figure out how to fix the paper's mess on top of trying to fix mine..

Doug can you change the name on the tittle please. I'm going to change it on my website too. For accuracy purposes not something else.
And I'm not in the mood now to say something else I'm feeling very depressed right now.

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Old 09-13-2018, 08:35 AM
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Re: Lillies ( painting on expensive blotting paper)

Beautiful iris's Marialena , you have done a wonderful job in a less than optimum situation...

Yes, Iris show their faces now ( spring) my garden has heaps of white ones, Lillies show their faces around Christmas time in my garden.
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