First pass at the second rose. Values are pretty much there but there’s a lot more color going on. Will need at least another day on this one.
Wow this was a blast. Look at those colors! This is the first pass so there’ll be some tweaking of detail in the left hand rose later but probably not a lot.
This one is now done. Quite a few changes – lowered the chroma of the background as it was too intrusive. Repainted the inners of both flowers and tweaked some of the values on the petals. And various other things.
I’m officially abandoning the 30 in 30 watercolor challenge. I wasn’t particularly thrilled with what was going on and my enthusiasm was waning so I’m back on the oils for a bit. Today was another of Paul Foxton’s rose references.
A few intermediates.
I did a little more work on this study. The right hand rose needed some work on form and more contrast and I sharpened up edges here and there. Don’t think I went too far but it’s close.
It’s been a while since I’ve had the oils out. They don’t feel quite as unwieldy as they used to and this was a great session. I’ll probably do a little more to this one although probably not too much.
After the values are all blocked in
After all the edges have been softened. We then went back in and sharpened up some areas to bring contrast and definition.
Side by side with the reference.
A value study in preparation for tomorrow’s Paul Foxton workshop.
I couldn’t decide what to paint today. I started on an eagle but the drawing wasn’t inspiring me so I switched to some roses. I wanted to paint pretty loosely but this didn’t quite work out. Part of the problem was the soft press paper which dries quite quickly and I kept getting hard edges. But the other part was me and I had to work quite hard to pull things together. The end result turned out well – another one in the bag!
Day 18 today (although I have had a couple of breaks). Was looking forward to this one and wanted to keep it fairly loose. I think I just about did it justice. (Photo credit: pixabay.com)
It’s been a while since Paul Foxton has done a streaming demo but I was extremely pleased that today was today. Now Paul is a wonderful teacher and paints exclusively in oils. I usually do oils in his sessions too but today I thought as it was mid 30 in 30 I would break out the watercolors.
This was very tough and tricky as you have to continually modify what you’re doing to fit with watercolor. You have to leave the light areas for instance so block ins have to be modified and putting in large areas of darks take forever and need multiple layers. But, although this isn’t going to win any awards I was quite pleased with this.