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Old 10-30-2006, 10:55 AM
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Don't Be Negative ...........It's a Cyclamen!!

This is a little study for what I hope to be a larger work, maybe after Christmas. I was reminded of the negative painting work I was doing last year in an article in the last SAA magazine, where an artist was painting in a similar way to the Linda Kemp stuff I had been trying out.

So I gave it another bash, and although these things take ages, I'm quite please with the result.

A Cyclamen - Negatively Speaking.



It's 19 x 14 cm, on Bockingford Not 140lb paper and used 4 Artists colours, Aureolin, Perm. Rose, Cerulean Blue (DaVinci) and Viridian (Sennelier).

It starts with a wash of the four colours, put onto wet paper with plenty of pigment and allowed to run and mix. Then the fun begins, picking out the various parts with negative drawing. I started at the leaves and worked up. As I say it was slow, you have to keep waiting for drying time. Only drawing done was with the brush as I went along.
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Old 10-30-2006, 11:39 AM
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Re: Don't Be Negative ...........It's a Cyclamem!!

Hi Kev
Interesting and very colourful. I assumed at first look that it was done with a stencil of some kind. But not so this is all your 'for real' painting.

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Old 10-30-2006, 12:11 PM
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Re: Don't Be Negative ...........It's a Cyclamem!!

Smiling here..........great mood lifter....... and thanks for reminding me I havent opened my SAA mag yet today

[btw..... did you read my request for Sampics ? ]
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Re: Don't Be Negative ...........It's a Cyclamem!!

oh- that is so cool- I love the colors and the painting itself!!!
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Re: Don't Be Negative ...........It's a Cyclamem!!

Like the shapes ,Kev, And Contrast, of color...
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Re: Don't Be Negative ...........It's a Cyclamem!!

Hi Roger, yes all done by me, no stencil and no pencil!!!

JT, take a look at the mag there is some good stuff inside. As for Sam, well he is here now with a big bruise and a fat lip having fallen downstairs last week, so pics wouldn't make him look like the little angel he is, more of a docklands bruiser!!!

Linda, thanks, those colours do work well together don't they. I really like the green and the blue. But boy you really have to dilute the Viridian it is rather strong.

Jim thanks for the comments.

Funny isn't it, when I do these negative paintings I work in a way totally different to my normal set up. I use a sheet of plastic to flatten the paper out on, wetting both sides and leaving it to stretch itself. This helps with the wet into wet as both sides are soaked. It also helps with loads of pigment as all the water in the paper helps to disperse it. And I use the plastic sheet as my palette and mix my paints right beside the paper.

I did another one, here it is.

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Re: Don't Be Negative ...........It's a Cyclamem!!

Kev , Smashing ! Especially since they are my Favorite fLower too !!!
This is not a Pour ?
You have achieved that smooth look of it .
I think this is the most fun to pickout the darks and mold the flowers.
Love it !!
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Re: Don't Be Negative ...........It's a Cyclamem!!

I really like this. It would look fantastic full size.
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Re: Don't Be Negative ...........It's a Cyclamem!!

Hi Kev, an excellent piece of work congratulations,
Best wishes, Ken..
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Re: Don't Be Negative ...........It's a Cyclamem!!

Kev, interesting technique, and beautiful results! Both are really cool!
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Re: Don't Be Negative ...........It's a Cyclamem!!

Most interesting and thanks for the info....
Really colourful....
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Re: Don't Be Negative ...........It's a Cyclamem!!

Interesting technique and very colorful.....I could see you doing a series of these.
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Re: Don't Be Negative ...........It's a Cyclamem!!

wow- they are both terrific- I think like you I like the first one since there is more of a yellow spectrum- but these are way too cool- I may have to try one- have not heard of them
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Re: Don't Be Negative ...........It's a Cyclamen!!

Love the colours and the composition. Beautiful
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FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

( Pssssssssst! Where is your challenge Kev! )

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