Sunday, August 28, 2011

Orange you glad...

I didn't paint another flower? Ha!

So I decided that it would be fun and good practice to try painting faster on a smaller scale. I got a new book of watercolor paper that I am really excited about, too excited about. It's a 6x9 Strathmore pad of paper. What I like about it is that it was made at a paper mill that purchased 100% wind renewable energy. I don't usually go out of my way to be "green", but when it is as easy as picking up a different pad of paper, I'm all for it. Especially when I am not advanced enough to notice or care about a change in paper.

I was turned on to a website called paint my photo by a fellow blogger. It's a great resource for photos of things you want to paint that you can't take a photo of yourself. I've found pictures of things that I didn't even know I wanted to paint, but sure enough, I do now! I was just checking it out to see what it was about when I stumbled upon this picture:

I love this photo and immediately knew I wanted to paint it. I loved the simplicity if it, the shapes of the leaves, the limited amount of color in it, and that the background will allow me to be all loosey-goosey with the paint.

 Here is the progression:


I told myself that I was going to finish in an hour. It ended up taking me about an hour and a half. I don't really like how it turned out. The background is too busy and the orange is over-worked. But that's okay, it was just an exercise in speed, after all. Maybe if I get bored one day I'll come back to it and fix some stuff, but that's doubtful.

Afterthought: I should have made that orange much bigger...10/22/11

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