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Happy Spring Flowers and Using Opposite Colors!


Dear Friends…

  “Orange is the Happiest color…Red is close.”~ Frank Sinatra
 
After the bleak Winter months…The flowers of Spring are a welcome sight.
As a painter who gathers inspiration from nature it is my joy to break out the full color pallett!
 
In this Blog let me walk you through some painting tips to help get you started mixing colors that are bright yet balanced.
 
Art Tip #1, When painting saturated color remember to use opposites on the color wheel for balance.
 
Red and Green are opposites. To make shadows in your reds use green…and to make more realistic greens add reds and orange.

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 For a great effect in this background I have added salt crystals to the wash, just as it was drying,

 to create sparkeling patterns in the wash.

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Paint your lightest flowers first so your painted edges stay crisp and your washes will not run.

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When painting red…use yellows and oranges for the hight-lights…and a dark burgundy for the shadows.

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I used more salt washes in some of the tulips to create “Repitition with Variation.”

My Greens are my Darkest colors…so they are painted last.
Once all of the colors are blocked in…It is time to begin the shadows and details.
 
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I use stain watercolors in shades of purple and dark teal for the shadows.
Using stain paint allows the color underneath to still show through the new thin top color.
 
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Casting shadows (try and imagine  a single light sourse from the upper left) will make your image more 3 dimensional. 
This technique will lead the eye of the observer into the image by suggestion and the fact that western culture reads from left to right.
 
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After the shadows are complete it is time to add the last details.
For this I use opaque “Titanium White” watercolor…Zinc white is too transparent for this technique.
 
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The fine hairs are painted with a mixture of the color of the fur with the white and applied with a fine liner brush. 
I like a 0 or a 1 liner for detail,
 
 
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My conclusion about painting flowers is that the bright colors will make you feel happy…and that is what art is all about for me.
Next time you pick up your paint brush try treating yourself to a new boquet and take out your favotite bright colors!
 
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Best wishes for Happy Painting, :)
Jody
 
Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. -Earl Nightingale
 
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