Tried to make the photo match the real life painting more (the previous photo was too warm all over). Added some darks here and there to make it better.
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Sunday, September 13, 2020
After the experimentation with the background, I chose this purple color and went with it. Changed the top to a branch, too, to make it more natural. Not done yet - I made sure I had a light hand with the green of the chrysalis itself and will go back in and glaze darker areas over and then put in the yellow/gold.
I like it better so far but think I could have gone even darker in the background. This may be just one of those paintings you never like, no matter what?
Friday, September 11, 2020
I started this painting of a monarch butterfly’s chrysalis. Ruined it. Threw it away. Started another. This is what I ended up with. Hated it. Thought about why it wasn’t working for me = background color choice? Maybe. So...thought about purples and reds behind the chrysalis instead (darker, too).
I experimented with a few colors I have. Knew right away the dark purple on the left top was what I wanted. Sometimes you just have to start over.
You can see that ANY of the darker background colors makes this little green thing stand out more so...
Will the third time be the charm?
We shall see!
Monday, September 7, 2020
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Next steps in the painting of the orchids. Nothing special, just trying to shape the blossoms after doing the wooden “scaffolding” and the dark stems.
I am positive, now, that the pinks and the background colors are too sweet so will darken the background - maybe just glaze over it with cobalt blue or a mix of darker blues.