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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Out of the Comfort Zone ... ACK!

Beautiful, but difficult, photo of a neighbor's hydrangea as reference.

My first timid glazes of some of the flowers' shadows.

The start of a background was in order. I decided to keep it warm, to accent some of the cooler flower colors in the lower right focal area.

Here, I've started a road map of the leaves, with some of the sunlight filtering through,  giving, I hope, some interest there. 

More glazes on the leaves and simultaneously the background.  That's the difficult part.  I would like to integrate the leave and their shadows into the background to give the painting more of a natural look. This one is going to take a while! And I find myself almost having to force myself to paint - not that I don't like it, just that it is a different style for me.

As always, your comments are most welcome!

11 comments:

  1. Hello Kathryn:) I saw the photo and thought: no problem for her! And I was right: it's going to be a beautiful painting with a nice warm background:)

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  2. What a great reference picture, Kathryn!!! This is going to be awesome!!! Winter isn't officially here and yet I yearn for the summer!!

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  3. What a gorgeous photo - and I know you wil do it justice!

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  4. That is quite a challenge!You will do well, going by your progress :) Coincidentally, I am working on flowers,too.Yes, 'out of my comfort zone"!

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  5. Oh, difficult! But a great reference and looking good so far!

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  6. Well I think it is so beautiful so far! You are SO good at floral painting :0)

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  7. Well, this type of painting with glazes takes patience (which I don't have) but it's coming along really well so far so just give it the time it needs. So far, so great!! Lovely color of the hydrangeas, too. Maybe do a little on this one and then work on another when you find yourself rushing (that's what I have to do when working on glazing).

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  8. Esta saliendo fantástico. Felices fiestas.

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  9. You have a great start here Kathryn. So far so good!

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  10. Wow, a beautiful photo. I cannot imagine being capable of painting that. It looks to me like you're off to a great start!

    "Out of your comfort zone" is often a really good thing, even if it's - um - uncomfortable. :)

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  11. That is a great reference picture and you have a great start. Glazing and glazing does take time but the results are worth it. Hang in there. I have been catching up on your other work as I have been very busy lately. You have been busy. Have a good Christmas and all the best for the coming year.

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