Friday, July 3, 2009

Updated Rose WIP: Day's Last Light

Rose WIP: Day's Last Light
© Laure Ferlita
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This has been fun, I am surprised to say! This paper has a very unique finish that makes it very interesting to paint on and challenges me to think differently about how I apply the paint. To look at this paper, one would think that it would bleed into a fuzzy mess when touched with water and paint. It doesn't. However, the pigment does sit up on the top of the paper somewhat. That makes for easy lifting but it's nearly impossible to go back to the white of the paper.

For that reason alone, I've had to sneak up on the darker values on the bottom petals. I can go dark all at once, but there was no way to judge whether or not I had the right value. So those darker bottom petals probably have a dozen or more glazes of blues, greys, lavenders, greens and yellows. With that many glazes, I'm glad it wasn't a bigger piece! (Click the image to see it larger.)

The other challenge with this paper is getting a good scan. The scan above is decent, but it took two tries and then I still had to take the image into Photoshop and adjust the levels to get it closer to the actual painting. The colors are richer and not quite so dark in the real painting. Once it's complete, I'll try photographing it to see if that does a better job. Day's Last Light will be available for purchase on Monday morning should you interested!

On a final note, before the weekend kicks off, I wish you all a safe and happy Fourth of July!!

8 comments:

  1. This turned out beautifully. I love the texture as it brings the rose alive.

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  2. Beautiful. I like how you experiment on different types of paper. You really go out on a limb and learn so much. Thanks for passing it on. Have a wonderful Fourth! :-)

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  3. This is beautiful. I love the lightness of the petals and how you can see the light through them. Very nice!

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  4. The texture of the support has added so much to this wonderful painting Laure, I really like it, it looks so soft and delicate

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  5. Thanks, everyone! I so glad to know that you like it. It's one of those "different" pieces for me and I wasn't sure how well it would be received. Thanks again!

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  6. It looks amazing you really achieved the translucency in those petals.

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  7. Looks like all those glazes on the petals paid off! The light just glows within.

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