Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Iris: Jazz Festival 2

As promised, I have had another go at the Iris called Jazz Festival, to try to paint it a little looser. The process was exactly the same, but I made a conscious effort to avoid too much detail and to create a few more lost edges.


I painted wet-in-wet washes over the original drawing, using pale versions of the pigments I intended to use for the flowers. When this was dry, I began with the centres of the flowers and added as much detail as I thought necessary.





I am really pleased with the result,( although I will have to go back and put more detail in the beards, which I notice are only painted with their underwash colour!) and am glad I gave it a go. If I am honest, I felt the process was a bit contrived and did not flow like my painting usually does. Maybe this will improve with practice.The previous attempt seemed to happen without too much thought, just what felt like a natural process taking place. So perhaps the first attempt reflects the real me, although I like the composition of the second painting better. I have put both paintings together side by side so that you can compare the results.


12 comments:

  1. Beautifully done.. love your colour choices

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  2. Another excellent painting. Although there is not a great deal between the two I think I slightly prefer the most recent one as the composition is better and sits well within the boundaries of the paper..

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  3. I think you are absolutely right Peter. Thanks for looking.

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  4. Wow...Just loved all ur paintings....Wonderful and amazing...

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  5. Thank you so much Rekha. I am glad you enjoy looking,

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  6. Thank you Laura. I am glad it works for you.

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  7. I came across your work on Pinterest and I must say... how beautiful!! You've inspired me to learn watercolours myself, thank you. :)

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  8. You are welcome. I hope you have lots of happy painting.

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    1. Thank you so much. What a lovely comment.

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