Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Japanese Irises~Completed


I've been fiddlin' around with this one waaaaay too long to be objective anymore so I'm calling it done, at least for now. I've included a long shot(some tape is showing...sorry, camera distortion), a closeup and the piece framed with the mat & frame that I intend to use. I did a lot of fine tuning, both with color and cleaning up rough edges. That's another thing I like about working on gesso. I used masking fluid on the irises and I can never get a nice sharp tip or corner with that stuff. I used a very sharp exacto knife to gently scrape away the surface paint(be very, very careful if you try this) and managed to get perfect points on those little top petals.
My oldest son has requested that I paint some frogs for him so that will probably be my next mission. Ribbit!


Krista Hasson said...

Looks even more beautiful framed! I saw it on WC earlier (my user is buddingnewartist)
Have a great weekend,

Billie Crain said...

Welcome to my blog, Krista! Thank you so much for your comment.:) I've been admiring your work on WC also.

Jeanette said...

This is beautiful. I love the soft colours and shapes.

Billie Crain said...

Thank you, Jeanette.:) I had my doubts about the palette at one point but now I love it. Japanese irises are such graceful flowers. Simple but elegant.