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Old 12-31-2010, 12:07 PM
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Double Red Ruffles Amaryllis - DEMO

Hi everyone! Here's a glimpse of amaryllis trio painted without drawing on the backside of a failed 15x11 work using Arches 140 CP, American Journey, DaVinci and Daniel Smith paints. There's no photo reference as these were rendered from life. Brush used was #10 synthetic Golden Fleece round (CJAS).

To begin, I sprayed 4 colors of dilute paint: Cobalt blue, permanent rose/poppy, sap green, arylide yellow/quinacridone gold one at a time onto dry paper. (Each paint combo + water is in a small Walmart cosmetic spritzer bottle of the same color for easy ID):




STEP 2

Using a dry industrial crumpled paper towel, I blotted some excess red spray. If paint is drying too light then spray again as you go along as seen here:




STEP 3

You could develop petals from the lines made with paper towel edges, but that's another demo For this step, continue blotting, letting dry, careful not to make mud. The far right flower is starting to resemble amaryllis now:




STEP 4

Another vertical view of spritzed paper before drying, nothing definite yet:




STEP 5

Begin developing petals using analogous reds and red orange hues on almost dry paper. Dark brownish black is alizarin, sap green, Copper Kettle. Remember: If you think you messed up, lift off paint and spray spritz again!




STEP 6

Continue petal shapes, spritzing as needed, being sure to let the speckled background show. Negative painting is done using a darker value behind a lighter one to carve out shapes, along with positive painting:




STEP 7

Keep going with same process with other blooms; dark centers added along with some linework within petals:




STEP 8

Finish 3 amaryllis heads, adding a ruffle here and there as seen here, along with a bit of titanium white for tips of petals. Periwinkle blue for soft background is begun as well:






STEP 9

Now for foliage! Negative painting of solid green + yellow to form vertical stem which will remain original speckled. Undersea Green is added. More Periwinkle is seen here:




STEP 10

Continue positive painting its broad flat leaves positively in one go (I try to get it right in one application and avoid layering). Periwinkle is continued:



Brief stop here to post these 10 steps then will continue stay tuned!
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Old 12-31-2010, 12:23 PM
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Re: Double Red Ruffles Amaryllis - DEMO

STEP 11

Continue with negative/positive leaves after spritzing again with yellow:




STEP 12

Detail close up view here:




STEP 13

All stems are negatively done by painting around them, leaving background as is. Finish leaves, being sure to use varying values and cool color variations of greens and yellows:




STEP 14

Detail of our work so far:




STEP 15

With foliage completed, add loose brown or gold for the plants' bottom or actually the bulb tops. I used Copper Kettle (quin burnt orange), Raw Umber Violet, quin gold, and a bit of green:




STEP 16

Check and soften edges, balance values, straighten lines, or any other cleaning up or enhancing work you think the composition needs. Add thin wash of Periwinkle over entire background; your first spritzing will show through. We are now done!




Thanks for following along on my unorthodox method of using watercolors! It is new to me, too, and was fun. Feel free to join in and paint along with this demo and ask any questions.
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Wow Kay, this is absolutely fantastic! I'll try this next year.

Thanks for the steps! Wish you a Happy New Year Evening.
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wow Kay that looks fabulous thx for sharing and i'll give it a try in 2011

happy new year to you
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love it Kay!!! will give it a shot with blue !!
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Wow, Kay, beautifully done!! I could imagine you were in Noon Day again!

Have a Very Happy New Year!!

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THANK YOU KAY for sharing this demo of your red amaryllis. I really thing these flowers are gorgeous and I like your technique.
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Rich & Beautiful Finish
Creative & Industrious Technique
Fabulous Start to the New Year
Thanks, Kay!
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Terrific demo, Kay! The amaryllis are beautiful in your finished work!

I'm giving this a 5* rating and also adding it to the Learning Demos.

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Very nice demo, Kay.....

Thaks for sharing
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What a beautiful result from your technique, Kay! Like Sylvia, I'm rating your thread with 5 stars!!!
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Wonderful demo on a very interesting technique, Kay! Thank you for sharing!
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Fabulous demo Kay!!!
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love the demo! nice work!
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Thanks for all the nice comments and for the 5 rating! I appreciate it.
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