Saturday, June 20, 2009

Japanese Iris WIP~Watercolor on Gesso

This is what I've been working on for the last few days. It's on a half sheet(almost)of Fabriano Uno 140# CP w/c paper coated with Liquitex gesso. I'm using DS pyrrol red, quin. gold and DS perylene green. The reds are a little brighter IRL than in the image above. I did my best to correct the color in my photo editor. I plan to leave the irises white but will add some detail to them eventually. I'm still sorting out the greens on this one. The greenery looks great when wet but when dry it looks flat to me. Dare I even consider varnishing this one? I don't even know what product to use and on a gessoed surface...well, I may be courting disaster.


Mary said...

This is going to be lovely, Billie. Leaving the Iris white will be stunning with just hints of color you plant to put in. If there is varnish for WC, I don't see that anything would go wrong, or any varnish for water based materials, but I don't know that much about wc.

Billie Crain said...

I hope it's gonna be lovely, Mary. Otherwise I've wasted a nice chunk of paper. It looks kinda Christmas-y with the red/green palette. I debated for days over what colors would look best. I see no other option at this point but to continue on and see what comes of it.

It should fit in a mat and frame I already have. Maybe it'll look more lively under glass OR I could bring out the colored pencils but I'd consider that a last ditch effort to make it work. I have no idea how CP's look on gesso but maybe I'll find out.

Jeanette Jobson said...

I quite like this too Billie. I like the contrast of the white against the colour. I think some details that reflect the background could would work well.

As for varnishing, I don't know if I would at all. I guess it depends on its final framing ie if it will be under glass or not.

Billie Crain said...

Jeanette, I played around all day yesterday with this one. I finally applied a much darker glaze to the greens and things started to look better. The nice thing(sometimes) about working on gesso is how easily the paint will lift if you have an area you want to rework. I'm sticking to just the three colors I mentioned. The perylene green has a slightly bluish cast which, when highly diluted, makes nice pale shadows on the white iris. It still needs some fine tuning but I think I'm on the right track now.