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Old 05-01-2004, 09:03 AM
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Painting blurry backgrounds

Does anybody have any advice on how to paint a blurry background? Even just some examples of paintings that have them?
I'm working on some Poppys and in the referance behind the main flowers are more flowers and greenery that is blurry. Having a bit of a time getting it to look like I want.

I'll post a in progress pic later. I was just hoping there might be someone who might have some pointers.

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Old 05-01-2004, 11:19 AM
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Re: Painting blurry backgrounds

Well I'm no expert but the way I paint a blurry BG is to do it wet in wet. Mask anything you don't want the BG colour, then when the masking is dry, wet the BG and drop in the colours of choice. But if you want trees, mountains or leaves etc. to show up, but fuzzily try to gauge the wetness of the paper and if the paper is not too wet the trees, leaves ,flowers or whatever will blurr slightly but still be a tree or whatever. here is a photo of trees done wet in wet. hope this helps some



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Re: Painting blurry backgrounds

Good advice. My only problem is waiting until the paper is the "right" wetness for trees.
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Good advice. My only problem is waiting until the paper is the "right" wetness for trees.

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Re: Painting blurry backgrounds

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Hi Pearl! What green did you use for those trees? I love the way they diffuse into the background!

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Old 05-02-2004, 12:29 AM
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Re: Painting blurry backgrounds

Michelle, I didn't use any green, the trees were done wet in wet. after the sky dried I rewet it ( just with clear water) then I used a mixture of burnt sienna ,french ultramarine blue and painted the trees and when that dried rewet again and went over with a mix of yellow ochre and fr, ultra marine blue and that makes a blueish green.
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