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Old 02-24-2019, 08:37 PM
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Re: Pretty in Pink

I read this from the bottom up, and thought you were working with an amazing and unfamiliar camellia until I saw the foliage. (Peonies don't grow here.) I have never seen a camellia done this beautifully. Please consider one of them for a future art project. Some have this same exquisite range of pinks, but with fewer petals and an overall more rose-like simplicity.
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Beautiful. The petals look so delicate.
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Re: Pretty in Pink

Thanks Kathy and Robert and Sonia.

And thanks Listener ... I read with interest about camellia flower and will have a look for some images.

In the meantime here is some background to peonies ...
The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and*honor. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and*prosperity*and are regarded as an omen of*good*fortune and a*happy*marriage.

Peonies make the best bouquets
In addition to their fresh, fragrant scent, Peonies’ huge blooms can open up to 10 inches wide – just make sure you clip the buds*early in the morning, before they open into blooms.

Particularly, wedding bouquets
Peonies are regarded as the symbol of good fortune and a happy marriage. Our daughter was married in June 2018 ... and you can guess the bouquet.

I have started the foliage.
I am using
Olive Green
Marine Green
Limepeel
Chartreuse

My big concern is how to generate an environment around the flower that does not look like wallpaper and yet does not look like a green tropical rainforest. I will carry on with the leaves and decide how to fill in the negative space when I get there. But at this point, i am in mental limbo.

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Re: Pretty in Pink

OH MY GOODNESS IM AMAZED AT THE DETAIL OF THIS BEAUTIFUL PAINTING.
Thanks for sharing your process I was fascinated. When I have a complicated composition I use pinhead size pieces of blue-tack on areas Ive done and the white for where Im working otherwise I get totally lost. I also use the "cut a square out " method so I can only look at that small area instantly.
I look forward to your next post 👍👍
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Re: Pretty in Pink

Looking absolutely glorious!
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Re: Pretty in Pink

This still life painting is very warm & cool. I like it.
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Re: Pretty in Pink

Thanks Brissie ... those sound like good ideas for navigating around a detailed line drawing. I have used the picture frame idea (in the past) that you mention and found it helpful.

Thanks Kerri and Kate.

I have darkened the green and worked on the veining of each leaf. I think the veining is important for showing directionality of the leaf.

However I think I need to move from yellow green to blue green. So the leaves will be considerably darker as I progress ... I tend to sneak up on the final outcome.

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Wow it looks like beautiful watercolour painting. It is amazing that you have done this in coloured pencil. Just gorgeous!
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Beautiful work. I have a peony just this colour
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Re: Pretty in Pink

Thanks Penny and one stroke artist.

I am finally getting off my butt and moving ahead with those dratted leaves.
I am making changes as I go ... and I still see changes that I may make.
But I finally have a visual in my mind of what I may do.

I think I will use dark green and dark green + tuscan red and dark green + dark purple for the negative spaces.
So I think this may end up quite dark.
But in my opinion, the leaves and background are only staging for the flower.

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Re: Pretty in Pink

What an amazing painting and thank you for providing updates on progress and your thoughts. I bet the dark in the negative spaces is going to make this pop! Looking forward to the next update!
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it looks amazing, such great depth
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It looks superb!
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Re: Pretty in Pink

Thanks Lori and Karen and Kay.

I have taken the leaves about as far as I think necessary for now.
I will move onto the background next.

You may note some erasure and changes of leaf position.
I think I have improved the overlap and negative space with these changes.

I felt the lower right corner was too heavy.
I think I have better balance now.

This has been liberating in the sense that I have ignored my reference photo.
I have imagined the lighting on each leaf.
And I have created the veining and leaf shape as I think may look best.

I feel that with this project, I am moving backwards from my normal process.
Normally I like to go dark to light.
But in this case, I wanted to finish the flower first ... which happens to be lightest value in the composition.

So in order to bring this back to my familiar process, I will finalize the background ... then I will go back and finalize the leaves with texture ... and then I will finalize the flower. I am sure that the leaves will ultimately be darker value than shown ... but I need to see the background for visual comparison before I can make that adjustment.

I have tried something different (for me).
I have taped the Stonehenge to masonite sheet.
And I am drawing with the sheet placed on an easel.

The benefit is that I can step back and see my progress with the picture in a good position relative to lighting ... and I can easily move the picture around without fear of bending or creasing the paper.

I have shown some quick trials that I prepared for the background.
I have really struggled to make a decision regarding chroma and value for the background.
I have settled on the middle test piece.

I’ve had a love affair with peonies for some time now.
I just love the timeless, elegance of them; the colours, the impressive blooms and of course the magnificent fragrance. Every garden deserves peonies and every gardener should include them.

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