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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Japanese Irises~Completed

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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.
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My oldest son has requested that I paint some frogs for him so that will probably be my next mission. Ribbit!

4 comments:

Krista Hasson said...

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

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.