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Enug
04-08-2014, 08:19 PM
I'm unsure of the name of the flower as I painted from a reference photo. However I googled and that's what I think it is.:confused:

My first watercolour submission after reading hints here in the forum and trying to apply to my painting. Using the Tracing function, I traced an outline then painted in watercolour picking the colours from the reference photo. I did a bit of lining with the ink pen and blurred. To get a little more texture on the stamen I applied some glitter over the watercolour layer blended and added noise. There were many layers and a lot of blending.:D

The background was a problem for me - I didn't want to take away from the flower but it looked a bit stark on it's own. I'm happy to receive suggestions on making a better painting.

Caesar
04-08-2014, 10:02 PM
Very nice one and impressively good texture! Welcome!

D Akey
04-09-2014, 01:52 AM
Delicate treatment. Very pretty design they have.

Enug
04-09-2014, 12:20 PM
Thank you Caesar and D Akey.

justjean
04-09-2014, 12:27 PM
Yes that is an Anthurium and it's lovely :)

Enug
04-09-2014, 04:46 PM
Thanks so much Jean.

coops
04-10-2014, 12:32 AM
Lovely painting, well done:)

Enug
04-10-2014, 01:25 AM
Thank you, I used one of your shared blenders. :)

gxhpainter2
04-10-2014, 03:02 AM
a beautiful work, I love the texture and immediacy of the background and the controlled execution of the flower... nicely done

Victor Osaka
04-10-2014, 06:16 AM
Very nice flower. Like your technique. As far as suggestions: I suggest you drop the background down. a vignette might add dimension too. A darker background will recede and the flower will come forth. Add a hint of highlights to the petals where you want the petal form to appear closer would give it more dimension.

mannafig
04-10-2014, 08:41 AM
OOh very pretty and delicate.

Enug
04-10-2014, 01:08 PM
a beautiful work, I love the texture and immediacy of the background and the controlled execution of the flower... nicely done

Thank you - I had to look up immediacy and I appreciate the comment.:)

Enug
04-10-2014, 01:16 PM
Very nice flower. Like your technique. As far as suggestions: I suggest you drop the background down. a vignette might add dimension too. A darker background will recede and the flower will come forth. Add a hint of highlights to the petals where you want the petal form to appear closer would give it more dimension.

Thanks for your suggestions - the background did give me a problem and I spent quite a bit of time trying different things but everything seemed too fussy. I will try your suggestions with a darker background. Not sure how I go about highlights - do you mean darker - I have usually thought of highlights as lighter. But if the idea is to bring parts of the flower closer I would need to emphasise - is that what you mean.

Sorry to sound dumb but I'm learning.:confused:

mannafig Thanking you also for your comment.

Victor Osaka
04-10-2014, 02:01 PM
If you'll indulge me. Here is what I thought might make the flower "pop" ONly as a point of edification.


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vandra
04-10-2014, 07:04 PM
You've certainly done justice to this beautiful flower. Your painting is very delicate and I love the textures.

Enug
04-10-2014, 08:58 PM
Victor Osaka - now I get what you mean. Looks like you used a Blend Mode. I cycled thru the various settings before I applied my background and I wasn't sure if the various modes improved the image or not. Thanks for illustrating it for me.

Vandra - thanks also to you for your nice comment.

Jonquil
04-10-2014, 09:22 PM
I love this Enug. You've done a great job with the molded look to the petals. I have one in my home in a darker color.:)

Enug
04-11-2014, 02:00 AM
Thank you Jonquil - now that's a pretty flower.:D

Marilyn Anne
04-11-2014, 05:49 AM
I think you did a nice job of handling the subject and the background.

pat1940
04-11-2014, 10:54 AM
Very nice flower Enug, I think if you darken the bg by about 2 shades it would make the flower pop out more, just play around with the bg and see what happens

Enug
04-11-2014, 01:36 PM
Thank you Marilyn Anne for the lovely comment.


Pat- Thanks for your suggestion - I will have another play and perhaps post here.

silvy
04-13-2014, 01:33 AM
Very lovely watercolor:)

Enug
04-13-2014, 01:19 PM
Thank you Silvy. :)