Friday, August 24, 2012

My faded flower - PPF

My flower
Copic Markers
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This is a painting of a flower in a bouquet I gave a friend.  The photo is very striking - the painting less so.  However, I stretched myself by using watercolors (twinks) and many other things.  I have a lot of trouble (especially with watercolor) showing light - I know that's because I am used to painting in first and adding light later instead of leaving white space.  I also used some Silk acrylics and some cadmium yellow to recapture some of the light in the flower.  This was probably a difficult piece to paint and normally I would have given up.  I didn't - don't love it (ore even like it a lot) but I haven't painted much lately and it seemed about time.  I also used a new product to outline the petals - Dervan liquid pencil.  Got that on my trip to the new Savannah Dick Blick.  I like how smoothly it paints on and how it can be smudged a bit like charcoal.  Definitely need to do a little research on how to use - but all in all I liked painting with it. Added one more shot at this flower done with Copic markers.  It's late at night and I'm not sure I am happy wit this one either. Maybe it will all look better in the morning.  I am linking this up with http://paintpartyfriday.blogspot.com/  - a bold move on my part since I am not thrilled with the results.  I welcome all your comments and any consolation you might have - LOL.  Thanks for stopping by.

27 comments:

  1. Can't wait to try twinks, too!!
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    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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    1. I like the twinks better than other cake watercolors - but I am a seriously anemic watercolorist! Like I tell my 7 yo grandson - you can't get better at anything unless you try! Thanks for stopping by. Happy PPF

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  2. I've not tried to really paint with watercolors yet... I don't even know where to begin! I've filled in some space with color, but not truly painted with them. I do think this is very pretty. Hang in there!

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    1. If it is your medium - you may just immediately do wonderful things with them - if not there is a "bit" of a learning curve! Thanks for stopping by

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    1. Thanks Catherine - I'm still dissatisfied with them - but we are always our own worst critic!!! Thanks for the encouraging words

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  4. I think all of the renditions have an allure. The flower is a lovely one and you did an excellent job with it.

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  5. Each picture is lovely in its own way. Valerie

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  6. Love the vibrancy of the colours. A stunning flower. I have been wanting to try the liquid graphite. I think I will struggle with leaving the light areas in watercolours, with acrylics I don't have that problem.

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    1. With watercolors you have to leave white space - that's a different way of looking at something. With acrylics you can "fill in" the white space later. Thanks for your encouraging comment

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  7. I like both your flower renderings. I believe art is about your personal views, tastes, and desires, as well as your personal growth as an artist, so don't dismiss your ability. Blessings!

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    1. Thanks for the encouraging comment - You are absolutely right about art - I know I have grown as an artist. Just wrestling with some dissatisfaction!

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  8. Very nice work, and you are correct: 'Practice makes perfect' so keep trying-watercolors can be (very) challenging!

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    1. That's why it's important to post things I am not super pleased with - Art is not really about perfection anyway - but about "seeing" the world around us in a special way. Sigh - sometimes I do want instant gratification - LOL

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  9. Super gorgeous work..the colors are stunning and full of vibration and life..beautiful..poetic and blissful!
    happy PPF!
    Victoria

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    1. Thanks Victoria - that is very encouraging!

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  10. I'm not a watercolor painter...nor familiar with the supplies you've used...but I can tell you, as a viewer...they all look lovely.

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  11. Love your flowers Gina, great work. One year ago I did not know how to draw a face but after taking class with Tam at Willowing.ning.com

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    1. I learned to draw a face. The name of the class was Fabolus Faces. Just because you were talking about my faces in your coment at my blog..

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    2. I have taken a class (a live one) on drawing faces - also have a wonderful book by Betty Edwards. I may need more classes - but mostly I just need to do it. I love the look of your faces - I am not one who strives for realism (although I do draw myself and family members from time to time). Your faces have a lot of character and interest.

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  12. I really love it! The photo is beautiful, but not more so than your painting from the heart! AND I can't wait to try that liquid pencil, I was JUST reading about it and here you've used it! xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much Kristin - sometimes I forget about the "heart" part. The liquid pencil is very interesting - very smooth. I need to experiment more with it.

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  13. Very cool! I may need to try some liquid pencil myself--you're inspiring me!

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  14. I love your flowers! They are so beautiful and I am glad you linked up!

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