Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Almost finished

This is where my painting of the cone flower is at today.  I've been adding shadows to the petals and detail to the cone and also darkened the background.  It's almost finished I think.  But if I leave it propped up by my telephone for a day or so and glance at it as I pass by, I may find more little tweaks I'd like to do. 

That's the cool thing about water colours, you can go back in and adjust colours or soften things or change edges.  The trick is to know when to stop.  The whites are another story though.  Once they're covered by a colour you can't get them back.  Unless you use an opaque non-bleeding white and then paint over it.  I've done this in a few places here.  Can you see where?


  1. It's beautiful! I love the colors and the softened background effect.

  2. The painting has such depth. I like the dreamy bokeh effect, too.

  3. Those petals are gorgeous. The many pinks are so soft and delicate. I love how you've captured the focus shift from fromt to back.

  4. Beautiful !

    The white is on the highlights on the back flower ?

    cheers, parsnip

  5. Thanks for your comments. I am quite pleased with this effort--working on it has taught me a lot. I am happy with the background and the petals and the out-of-focus flower, not so much with the cone itself.

    parsnip, you're right about the white. It's been added there as well as on the main petals to the right and a couple of spots in the cone.


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