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Saturday, July 09, 2011

Bearded Iris ~ Update

After adding the background which defines the outer shape of the flower.

Here I've gone as far as I could before adding a background.

I finally knuckled down and got back to work on this one. I seem to have no self discipline this summer and it's not like I'm crazy busy either.

I worked some more on the standards (upper petals) of the flower, painted the bud and then wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with the background. I settled on a mixture of Indathrene blue and Indigo with a dash of Indian yellow. I dropped in some extra Indian yellow and perm. yellow while the paint was still wet to break up all that dark green. I also spritzed the background with plain water to add a little more interest. Since the flower is so busy I wanted to avoid creating a busy background. More work to be done on the flower but I'm in the home stretch now.

2 comments:

Paula said...

Beautiful painting. Living nearby a Iris farm must be a dream.
Paula

Billie Crain said...

Thank you Paula and welcome to my blog.:) Yes, it's neat to have this farm so close. The trick is to catch the irises at peak bloom time and Michigan weather can be so unpredictable.