Friday, 6 January 2012

Gouache Hippeastrum

 


This is the latest gouache Hippeastrum; its a picotee variety with beautiful red edges and sparkly bits. I experimented with iridescent paints for this (not too much though) and like the results. Its taken 5 days and given me neck, thumb and brain ache! The white gouache paint (I use Winsor & Newton & Schminke) and the green mixes also, can be temperamental to get down and I found it slightly chalky this time. Some dabs of white acrylic have helped to bring out the petals.

White flowers are far better painted on a dark background. My painting of Hippeastrum 'Jewel' from last winter was painted on a white background and it just doesn't have the impact. I should have painted some leaves behind the white flowers to show them up - a great botanical tip. The white flowers are showed up by careful shading with warm and cool greys.


15 comments:

  1. It is very interesting to hear you talk about the different qualities of the paint colours. I feel for your neck and everything else ache!

    I agree having the dark background against the white flowers really makes the work sing. However, the light background you have in your earlier work is just as lovely, but in a more delicate way. I would compare the two to an orchestra and a duet. Both lovely in their own way.

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  2. Superb painting. It looks very alive. I'm sure I saw those long, curving stamens moving...

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  3. It's exquisite Claire, love it so much! It's so graceful and I really like how the stems are slightly crossing, it makes me want to know what more is going on behind the facing flowers. Can't believe it took you only 5 days to paint... no wonder you're aching! But well worth the pain I'd say... it's breathtakingly beautiful and I hope to see this in the flesh on day! :) xxx

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  4. I agree--fresh and lively is the perfect description, oh and delicate too. Wonderful work Claire!

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  5. Really stunning work Claire ... you should be very happy - very striking and a lovely composition.
    Along with your amazing amaryllis bud you can safely say you are brilliant with gouache ...congratulations xx

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  6. Thanks guys -you've made me smile this glum morning :)
    I plan to put it in the SBA exhibit in April (hopefully) xx

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  7. Carrie Di Costanzo7 January 2012 at 13:13

    So beautiful, Claire. You are right, the dark paper makes more of an impact. Well done!

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  8. delicado trabajo, preciosos Claire, un saludo.

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  9. Absolutely stunning Claire...well done! Just a thought- I noticed that you mentioned iridiscent paint, but have you ever considered painting over gold leaf? It actually works extremely well- the gold is almost completely covered but illuminates the colours from beneath. Also when you move, you catch tantalising glimpses of the gold leaf as it catches the light. A dark background around the flower would work very well as you could limit the gold to the area just beneath the flower. This is stunning anyway, without gold:)
    Shevaun x

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  10. Ooh, this one looks great. Gouache has such a deliciously creamy texture and really adds luminosity to this piece.

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  11. Beautiful work. I love your attention to detail. Thanks for visiting my Etsy shop and liking my tulip. Cheers
    Ludmilla

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  12. Beautifully sculptural Claire - love it!! Wonderful to see that you've opened an Etsy shop too. I wish you lots of luck - I'm sure you'll do very well. :)

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  13. Bellissimo. really well done, perfect details.hope it gets into the Exhibition. buona fortuna!!!

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  14. Stunning painting , such great skill! And yes, for sure this white flower really get enhanced on the black background.

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