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Old 02-01-2013, 04:25 AM
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February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

Another change of subject this month, a Hibiscus which I photographed at Toledo Zoo. This image works well as a Macro, and I have chosen a crop for the basic image. You may want to follow the convetion of letting the flower touch 3 sides of the painting but I suppose this could be done when matting. Here's the crop, the full image is available in the RIL HERE.



Enjoy! I look forward to seeing your paintings. Post them in this thread,

Here's a link to last month's challenge.

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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

Beautiful this challenge.....thanks Doug.

I have some difficulties for acceding by de link to the full image in the RIL.
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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

Sorry Pedro, I corrected the link. Click on the RIL picture to get a larger version.

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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

Gorgeous photo, Doug!

I've hardly ever painted flowers, but I'll give it a go...
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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

Here's one I painted in class. 1x11 on Saunders Waterford 200lb rough.



My class painted this last week, I'll get a photo.

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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

I love hibiscus flowers. Your painting is lovely Doug. Thanks for the inspiration. Kathy
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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

Thank for the new challenge Doug, again I find it really challenging
You have made a wonderful painting
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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

One of my favorite flowers...can't wait to try this one!
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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

You have done justice to a lovely challenge, Doug!

It brings back good memories for me. My Dad had a hibiscus just this color growing at the corner of our house and it had blooms on it almost the size of dinner plates.

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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

Happy February Doug and thanks for posting such a lovely flower, will try.
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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

Funny ! I JUST started another Hibiscus from the RIL last night!
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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

That's lovely, Doug! Can I ask what colour you used as the base for the petals? I went with permanent rose which is, of course, a bit too pink for this to be close to the photo, but it's what I had sitting in my palette at the time, lol!

This is mine:



It's 6in x 6in, so just a tiddler. I wished I'd bothered to mask the stamen and anthers (is that what they're called? school biology was a long time ago!) then I wouldn't have had to use a spot or two of white gouache to recover them at the end I lost the tonal variation through the petals a bit too, so they've ended up a bit flatter-looking than I hoped.

But I'm not unhappy with it, and I certainly enjoyed doing it - in fact, I'll probably have another go!
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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

Wonderful shadows Elaine. Congratulations on being #1 to post.

I at first used permanent rose but then put a wash of Napthol Red over the whole of the petals to make it redder.

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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

Elaine, that is very pretty. I am still thinking about painting...hopefully I will soon stop thinking and just paint. I like your style!
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I think it's wonderful Elaine. I prefer it to the original photo.
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