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Day lily by Lynne

by Lynne

Day lily

Day lily

This is my first attempt at painting flowers. I used Mary Ann's video technique for the background but it might be too light for this flower. How do you get a transparent look to the petals?

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Sep 10, 2009
by: Anonymous

I find using transparent colors also help, and using cool colors for shadows, and cool and warm colors to form the bends in the pedals. But I like your color combinations, and you're off to a great start! I'm not good at the backs at all...

Sep 09, 2009
Thank you Mary Ann
by: Lynne

Not having used this background technique before, I used it incorrectly. I will definitely try this lily again using your suggestions. I'll get it yet!!! Thanks a million.

Sep 09, 2009
by: Mary Ann

Lynne, when you try this again I suggest that you begin with the flower and use more water to allow the white of the paper To create more translucency in the petals. As far as the background goes, test some variations of the complementary color to whatever color you used in the flower. As for the lily you have painted, I would choose a dark blue. My first reaction to the current background is that there are too many colors that fight with the flower. Simplify this and it will look better. Also, with a little water you can lighten the highlights of the flower by applying it with a brush and blotting. Try not to scrub too much as this will make the area dull.

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