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Irises revisited

by Lynne
(Canada)

Keeping Mary Ann's suggestions in mind, I did a little more shading on this painting. I am pleased with the results because the darker colors make a nicer background. Because I lack experience I am reluctant to darken the background any further for fear of losing the airy look of transparent watercolors. In my next flower painting I will hopefully be more daring in the use of stronger and darker colors which I love. Thanks for the suggestions Mary Ann!

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Mar 26, 2014
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by: Mary Ann

Darkening the background carefully will really make the irises POP! Wet small areas and drop in a dark color, and before that dries wet the adjacent area and do the same. They will blend together. Had you begun this way I would have suggested a complementary color in the background, but yellow (the complement to purple would not be dark enough and it would only turn the blue to green. However, a dark green would also work.

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