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1st color layer. This is where I sometimes overpower the dead layer with final colors, defeating the purpose of layering. I practiced some restraint this time.
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I put this one aside for about three years. Brought it back to the easel. I want to put a couple of branches growing toward the viewer. Foreshortening is new to me. Any tips?
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Another layer or 2 and this one should be ready for signing. Oil on 16"x20" stretched linen.
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I've been painting Japanese magnolia flowers lately. I painted several versions using my usual techniques but wasn't happy with the colors. I'm having a lot of trouble matching the purplish-pink color of the flowers. When I mix various reds with ultramarine violet, it get a fairly good match until I start adding white for the brighter values -- and then the colors turn too gray.

I'm also testing various painting surfaces. Usually I paint on stretched canvas or canvas covered panels. The two square versions were painted on pre-primed masonite panels. The surfaces have less texture and absorbency than canvas, and they take longer to dry. I think that I'll go back to canvas.

So, I'm trying a couple of other versions using the grisaille technique, starting with under-paintings using burnt umber and burnt sienna mixed with titanium white for the various values. Once the under-paintings are dry, I will try glazing the flowers with transparent reds and purples to see if I can match the colors better. One of the grisaille versions is actually just a white magnolia flower, which I've painted before using this technique and it came out well.
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Nice works everyone, this is where I am at on what's on my easel, a series of sketches to test some new products I recently received.



Just established a couple extra reddish "frames" for me to paint into. . . that long stretched one should be fun, when I find something I want to paint into it.

TomMathers, your issue with violets and pinks is not extremely unexpected. Ultramarine isn't the cleanest blue, maybe try Phthalo Red Shade + Quinacridone Rose for some of those tints.

Mickey3340, foreshortening is just the objects being shortened in height or width due to their angling towards the viewer. Here's a little video that I think explains it pretty well:

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For getting that representation in a painting, focus on accentuating the areas where the cross contours overlap as they face the viewer.
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Oil on canvas 90x30. Miles to go before I sleep...
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Wow Kram, that is a great painting, I would have stamped finish on it already?
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Finish fetish maybe, but the values in the sidewalk light vs shadow are driving me up the wall!
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Bob...looking good! I'm sure your new wife must love such a thoughtful gift.

Tom, I love Magnolia blossoms and yours are very nicely done. I agree with Delo about the Quin Red - it's an amazing hue and makes some gorgeous and clean pinks.

Delo, beautiful painting! The thicket of greenery looks believeable and I like the color.

KramNos, I second Delo's "wow." It's an amazing piece, and especially because of the values, I think. Nicely done.

This is an unfinished color study for a larger painting. I'm getting close, but it still needs work and is not finished.
Rainy Night on Market Street, 12x12


Well, I've re-edited it a few times now, but just can't get the photo to look right and don't have time to try again. Maybe I should just delete the whole thing, but oh well, it's just a study anyway.

It's not as warm - more of a blue-violet shade predominates - and a little darker iin value and slightly more saturated - and not as fuzzy! It just looks odd, but you can kinda get the idea. AND, the perspective got wonky as I adjusted the color on the large building at the right, which still needs to be a tad darker. I'll fix that on the larger piece, which should be 24x24.
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Annie that looks like an excellent color study to work from to me! Love all the reflections and other shiny bits, must be the last dilvery for the Fed Ex person.

Kram, yeah, I understand that completely. I had a painting for a friend where there were a lot of shadows cast onto the ground and enough skylight was illuminating them that they had an interesting blue glow about them. Thing was, the value was never as dark as my brain kept telling me, I had to actually use the camera on my phone to desaturated my palette so I could get the right values.
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Kram, I was going to mention something similar to what Delo said. Some color from the umbrellas might break up the shadow a bit.

Annie, nice study! Looking forward to seeing the larger piece.
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