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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Biting the Bullet ... or ... Really Getting into a Painting ...

Oh ... I did not want to do this, but now it's done, I think it looks much better. I wanted to get the masking off as soon as possible, so worked on it yesterday evening and this morning.  Here it is after one wash of quin. gold, followed by another of quin.gold and phthalo green.

[This photo looks somewhat washed out]
I then did three graded washes of a mixture of quin. gold, phthalo green and quin. violet, which sounds like a very weird combination, but gave a lovely dark muted green. Now, all I have to do is clean it up [some dark leaked through the masking] and adjust the darks and zap the oranges. Thank you all for your advice!!!

10 comments:

  1. It's just beautiful! The background colors really make the flower pop!

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  2. love the graded background...the blossom is really impressive!

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  3. The muted green and the way it graduates into the foreground is just the sort of background I love, but seldom get anywhere near achieving. The effect on the flower from the background is really pleasing. Overall it's turned into such a lovely painting ... love it, Kathryn

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  4. WOW!!! my gunksta!!! STUNNING!!! your are among my favorite watercolors. just beautiful! and i so enjoy reading the process since WC scares me so.

    and thank you so much for the kind words, much appreciated.

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  5. Beautiful Kathryn, love your "Zap the Orange" comment. I know just what you mean but for a minute thought of the microwave. This is gorgeous. love,Diana

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  6. Wow! This is awesome. The yellow flower looks so nice against the dark gray-green background :)

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  7. You certainly did a famous job finishing this piece . The background is a perfect backdrop for this lovely floral portrait. Hope you got some time in riding the big guy.

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