Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Reflections 2 - Colours

I started with this Orchid Tree flower because it did not look like it would survive the night. It was not easy painting this flower because it was fast losing its sturdiness as I ploughed through a mixture of alizarin red and ultramarine blue and titanium white and painting over and over again to get the right tones.I got a colour that was close to the actual colour of the flower which was a brighter purple than the final result but the attempts to get the tones right 'muddied' the original colour. Then I tried to use white to mark the differentiation from one petal to the next and did not succeed. The saving grace here I think is the final placement of the stamens using the wooden end of the paint brush to etch in the lines.
Of all the three flowers I enjoyed painting this particular one because the wide petals allowed me to concentrate on the colours and to see with my mind's eye the colours that one does not ordinarily see at a glance. I think I have managed to create an impression of a flower that is exciting in appearance. However, I am not too pleased with the central portion of the flower because it lacks depth totally and I have not painted in the pistil and the stamens where they should be. I think I did not have the time to finish the painting and the next day, the flower wilted beyond recognition and I had no more reference to finish the painting.

I painted this yellow oleander at the same time that I was painting the other two. The lesson learned from my painting classes was that we should paint simultaneously the objects before us instead of painting one after the other. I must say that this is a much better way to work through a painting because it is based on whim and fancy rather than logic and I paint not so much from analyses than from 'feel'. This yellow oleander is the evidence that I have not been too bothered with details but opted to just create impressions of texture, lines and form with the brush. Compared with the Orchid Tree flower, this yellow oleander is definitely more natural and appealing because it reflects painting that was freer and less laboured.

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