White Velvet

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Judy has painted another rose!  Oddly, she doesn’t really consider herself a painter of florals.  This one, being white, has hundreds of subtle and not so subtle colours in its petals.  She has captured the creamy, iridescent quality of the flower, creating a texture like velvet drapery.

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Undesignated Direction

Which way up?  A painting with subject matter like this could go any which way.  Which do you prefer?  By the time this post goes up, the painting will be finished but the way up will still be up in the air…

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This way looks airy and draws attention to the grouping of three in a row.

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No, this doesn’t work. None of them look right side up necessarily, but this one looks upside down for sure.

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I don’t like the movement in this one. Some kind of shuffling dance jerking to the right.  On the bright side, the flower on the left looks quite striking.

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This is right side up according to the original plan. It has the advantage of the light being at the top and all those shadowy stalks moving upwards.

Miniature Hollyhocks

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I know I say every time that I don’t particularly care for painting flowers.  I just can’t seem to capture their natural randomness or delicacy.  However, I thought the hollyhocks might work since I’ve drawn them a couple of times.  Well, see for yourself if this worked or not.  I must admit it isn’t the glorious bouquet I wanted!

La Belle

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Carolyn’s fourth painting, La Belle, for the Peace Watercolour Society Fall Show and Sale came about because the reference photo of a rose was present while one for a waterfall was not.

First it got sketched in fair detail (roses are notoriously complex) and then it was sketched again on watercolour paper.  There were four rounds of masking and pouring, then a few more layers of colour to darken the background and some minor tweaking of the flowers.  It paid off to know that indigo is a greenish blue: the glow on the shaded leaves was almost as important as the bright area to produce a centre of interest.

The purple flowers are the back up singers: La Belle is the star!