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.

6 comments:

debwardart said...

You have really given this some thought - I like that you began with the darks (why do we always think we MUST paint light to dark?) since that immediately brings out your focal point. Because your small iris is connected to the large one, you have that 3rd side going off the page (in my humble opinion!). The delicate shading of the white and the way the dark colors of the iris flow into one another are great - will look forward to seeing the complete painting.

L.Holm said...

Ann, stunning!! I love the rich, saturated colors, and beautiful, deep purples. Your greens are lovely--even though you say they're warmer in the photo. The softer, smaller flower in the upper left is sitting back in the distance so beautifully, and does add counterbalance to the strong diagonal of the main iris.
Looking forward to seeing your next step once miskit comes off.
Liz

Antonio Estevez said...

personally, i think its coming out great so far. eventhough you went against the cardinal rule of light to dark, i think it was a good decision that allowed you to judge the light relationships better. sometimes we need to break/bend the rules slightly for the sake of the painting.

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Ann Buckner said...

Deb, thank you for all your comments. I appreciate your stopping by to view the painting.

Liz, I appreciate all of your comments. Thanks for stopping by.

Antonio, so good of you to stop by and view this painting. Thank you for your kind comments.

:)

Stephie Butler said...

This is stunning work.....

Ann Buckner said...

Thank you, Stephie