Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Watercolor Iris, In Progress
The iris painting was begun this afternoon on a 1/4 sheet of Fabriano Aristico using Mameiri and Daniel Smith watercolors. It was difficult to get a good shot as some of the leafs are more blue-green than is showing here. I also attached a greyscale of the painting just to see how the values appear. I have several goals with this painting as I am trying to learn more about design/composition, so here is how I see the painting. The iris is dominant and the focal point. It is at a right diagonal so some of the leafs are painted in a diagonal going the opposite direction to act as a counterpoint. I want the four corners to appear different and interesting but not enough to distract from the iris. The small iris (or it will be eventually) in the upper left was put there to give a bit of weight in that area and to provide a feeling of depth or distance from the larger iris. I am also being conscious of shapes surrounding the iris wanting to provide variety in color and texture. Some areas of the painting still have misket reserving the whites. I normally paint light to dark in watercolor but this time I started with the dark in the upper background and the darker purple petals of the iris.
Does or will this composition work? I am not sure yet. The main iris foes off the edge on two sides so may crop so there is a third side going off the edge. That can wait until later though.