Grevillea 2 Reborn Sep 13
Coloured Pencil, Ink and acrylic paint 50 x 70cm
This painting was started in early 2012, and it was in an April blog. I had given it a dark green background and it didn’t work, which made me sad as I loved the grevillea flower, it is one of my favourites. So I put it away to wait for inspiration. It was a long time coming, but it finally arrived.
Grevillea 2 Progress Old background
After cutting out the paisleys and raising them up slightly off the painting, I though that the effect would work for this one. I loved the 3D effect of cutting out the image and floating it above the page. The shadows thrown by the image are fabulous, or at least I think so.
Grevillea 2 Detail
So nothing daunted I got out the knife and starting cutting into the picture. I can’t tell you how happy I was to see the ugly backgound drop away the the flower to reappear again in all its glory.
Grevillea 2 Detail
This time I has wised up and used these great little foam, double sided glue dots, which were so much easier to use.
Happy with the result and so glad to have found a resolution to one of the problems in my portfolio.
Posted in 2012 Artwork, 2013 Artwork, Australian Natives
Tagged art, australian native flower, colored pencil, coloured pencils, drawing, drawings, fixing drawings, flower, flowers, Grevillea, Grevilleas, native flowers
Gerbera reworked 70cm x 48cm
I have been back a couple of time to the Gerbera and I think that I have sorted out a couple of problems and improved some others. I have decided to stop fiddling with it as it is in danger of being overworked and loosing any of the freshness it has.
What I have done after the very helpful comments from fellow bloggers and friends is to
- I looked at the shapes as a whole and shaded it accordingly, in the calyx especially it now curves around and works so much better.
- With the petals I also treated them as a whole and lightened the petals as the front and darkened those at the back. This has helped and I am better pleased with the outcome if not completely happy.
- I didn’t touch the background, have really come to like it.
So it has been a difficult painting but I certainly learnt a lot from it and that is a great outcome. See below for the First Draft and the final.
Gerbera first draft
Posted in 2013 Artwork, Flowers from the Garden
Tagged art, colored pencil, coloured pencils, drawing, drawings, fixing drawings, Fixing paintings, flower, flowers, Gerbera, painting