Friday, April 8, 2011

Paint Party Friday--Flowers

"Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. 
 They are the hieroglyphics of angels,
 loved by all men for the beauty of the character,
though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning."
---Lydia M. Child

Happy Paint Party Friday!

I love flowers!
The flowers here are starting to bloom,
more and more each day.
I decided that a floral painting
would be appropriate
for this week's PPF photo,
since Spring is well under way.

This is how I did it...
First I sketched the vase and flowers loosely.
Then I did an under painting on wet paper,
letting the colors run.
I put certain colors of paint in places where I knew
 flowers and leaves would be,
background and foreground.
That layer had to dry well before going on.
Using three different brushes and mixing colors,
I painted in the foreground flowers and leaves a bit more,
leaving hard and soft edges.
Then that layer dried well.
The next layer was detailing everything just a bit more.
I like to keep things abstract and loose,
with just the illusion of what it is.
After that layer was dry
I put in the centers of just a few flowers.
Lastly, with a liner brush,
I put in some twirly things,
and splashed different colors here and there.

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Kris said...

Very Pretty!! The colors are striking :)

Joann said...

nice....I'm such a tight painter...wish I could be a little freer. I like this look.

SHERI C said...

Beautiful. Loose and very soft. I like it. Happy PPF!

Hybrid J said...

The free flow of watercolor matches the flower very well. It makes the flower very inviting to the viewer. Well Done! And I love the color you used for the vase shadow. Just gorgeous. Nice work! ;)

NatashaMay said...

Gorgeous colors! Love it!

Marlene said...

Beautiful, one of my favorite subjects to paint. Love your style on this painting.

La Dolce Vita said...

lovely painting Yvonne!

La Abela said...

Beautiful! I like this style so free. Greetings.

Pam Tucker said...

I love this loose, abstract style. Your flowers are beautiful! Loving those colors! VERY nice!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Your style really speaks to me whether your subject matter is flowers or horses! I love how loose you keep it with just enough detail to balance and enhance the looseness. Just beautiful!
Happy PPF!

Gloria said...

I like it. I have a few bloggie buddies that are taking classes and they've been told to do a "loose" painting. I need to learn this. You've done a great job, I love your flowers and the colors.

Yvonne said...

Thanks for your comments. I have practiced the loose style by standing while painting and using larger brushes.

art2cee2 said...

I like this very much! :-)

Tammie said...

This is lovely and so perfect for spring.

Pointy Pix said...

I love the looseness of this piece and your description of how you achieved it. Wonderful.

ileana said...

Loose and lovely...wish I could paint that way. I always try to get too much detail into everything. (Says a lot about

Anyway, great work! I like your style and the colors you used make this the perfect spring bouquet! Happy PPF!

Toni said...

I love this type of water color. I always think this look would make a great greeting card!

EVA said...

Very, very pretty and I really enjoyed you telling us how you created it, Yvonne!

So neat to learn how to get these lovely effects!

Netty said...

Thank you so much for telling how you created this beautiful picture. Am a new student so appreciate your instructions very much. Have a great weekend, Annette x

Christine said...

I love flowers and yours are beautiful!

Kristin Dudish said...

Thank you so much for sharing your process! I love learning more about how other artists work!

Your watercolors are so beautiful and I really admire the looseness of them :)


WrightStuff said...

Thanks for sharing how you did this. I would have been sharing flowers this week had I not forgotten to scan in my picture!

I love the soft translucent qualities of this. Very pretty and free-feeling.

Melisa said...

Mmmm, the color! So pretty!

Deanna said...

You did a phenomenal job! I love the colors and the loose look of the painting. I'm trying to learn how to do that but have not quite accomplished that yet.

Anne said...

Gorgeous! What great colors!

Dotti said... these colors!

Msartist said...

Your watercolor painting is so beautiful. The colors are amazing.
Happy PPF! Theresa

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Luscious colors, brilliant texture, and delicate brushstrokes to embrace the human heart. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

angelself said...

Nice and bright and Springy! Kathryn

Carrie Wachter~Martinez said...

Such vibrant colors, very free and flowing. Love the purple shadow...perfectly complements the purple flowers and brings a balance to the composition. Beautiful :)

Annabelle said...

I luv the flow of this whimsical painting.It is so Spring in feeling, very nice.
Must thank you for sharing your work trail with us, I can really learn from this.

Annabelle ~^..^~

Kiki aka Victoria said...

So gorgeous..a very ulifting piece ...very harmonizing..i love it..absolutely beautiful!

Gail V said...

I love this one. Great colors.

Lynn Stevens said...

Wonderful use of color and perfect for spring!

Kimmie said...

Beautiful result. ..... And I love hearing the process! I will try that ..... My work is very segmented .... Which works for me, but sometimes feels too restrained

ThisTinder said...

This has a really pretty softness to it - thanks for sharing your technique!

Jenny Blair said...

wow, the colours are so vibrant and full of zing! Captures spring and the blossom of colour into the world PERFECTLY! I LOVE flowers too, and yours are fantastic!! :)

Cameron said...

This is makes me want to stare at it forever! I love the looseness and easy blending of the colors....which are so bold and confident in contrast! Lovely :)