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.
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.
Version one of the blue pot with a limited palette. Colors used were winsor blue (green shade), cadmium lemon and naphthol red. I chose these to have the best chance of hitting the blue and the orange and hoped the rest would work out. Pretty happy.
The ex members of Paul Foxton’s Threads are carrying on with monthly exercises and this month’s is ‘limited palette’. I’m going to introduce color for the next one but wanted to start with a value study first. Pretty tricky – there are a lot of close values in there
Today was the final session in Paul Foxton’s Threads group and it was a bit sad as I’ve enjoyed these livestreams and Paul’s teaching enormously. I put extra effort in on this study and I think it paid off. Many thanks to Paul and I wish him all the best.
Still brushing up my oil skills. This time with another of Paul Foxton’s livestreams.