Seems like it's a bit sparse in these waters, so I'm gonna throw a pebble into the pool and see what we can stir up!
This is a painting I recently finished in which I used a scratching technique that is usually employed in landscapes (to make the tree trunks in far away tree lines and branches closer up)
Let see what we can do with this magnolia blossom:
Lets start with a toned canvas that has our magnolia blossom already inked in.
Then our gray layer that establishes all of our half tones and shadows.
These close ups show where I employed a scratching technique to expose the slightly darker gray underneath the final color layer. This gave the illusion of the fine veins that run through out the petal.
A few additional added touches are done to give the viewer some additional interest. The top arrow is a highlight that has a bit of yellow in it to simulate sunlight. This was done throughout the paintings, but not of every highlight. It really made this fold roll over for me.
I also added a little leaf tip, exaggerating the original from the photo, because I felt this helped pull the veiwer into the painting.
Till next time...
Comments and suggestions welcome. Have you got a question? Post it in this forum, I may be able to help!
I just gotta figure out how to make this thing ring my bell when someone responds.
Though I paint in acrylics, this was very helpful. I was struggling with white flowers. Thank you!
Beautiful! Wish it were as easy as you make it look!
The light is incredible! Just beautiful. thanks for the tips!