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Hello, I am very excited about my newest painting. I’m again doing the iris theme. This time, however, I’m doing it with transparent glazes, and avoiding white in the flowers themselves. I took this photo a year ago in spring (2012), and was very intrigued by the way the light gleams as it shines through the petals, and especially with the way the light hits the inside of the blooms, and a small touch of yellow
shines through the small space between the violet petals. It is quite striking, with the color and value contrast.
My palette is cadmium yellow deep, cadmium orange, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, permanent magenta, dioxazine violet, flanders blue, and cadmium green, and Permalba white (only in leaves and background). Later, I decided to add quinacridone rose, to get a really brilliant hot pink, so I could really get that petal of the foreground flower on the lower left side. The alizarin was just a bit dull. At first, I tried painting the lighter sunlit petal areas opaquely, using the white paint, but it was so flat and dull compared to the transparent glazes, that I wiped it out and decided to do all the flower parts in glazes. I am also going to put some of these violets and reds and oranges into my background and leaves, to harmonize and unify the painting.
My basic concept is working my way around the color wheel, starting with blue/violet, to violet, to red/violet, to red, to red/orange, to orange, and finally to yellow. This way, I can use lots of colors, but the effect is not garish or jarring, because each adjacent color is analogous to the one next to it.
This one is done with palette knives. I did another painting of an iris garden, but it was done in all brushes. So, this one is in an impasto style, which makes it looser. However, it is still detailed, since it is my nature to focus on detail. I was amazed at all the subtle variations of color in the shadows on the white petals on the foreground iris. Yes, there was even some turquoise blue, due to the sky reflections. I’ll never get tired of painting flowers.
As stated in an earlier blog, I took hundreds of photos of the irises at the Missouri Botanical Garden in spring 2012. I’ve only painted a few of them. It is unbelievable how many colors, sizes, and shapes and variations of irises that place has! The color palette I used is: Permalba white, cadmium yellow lemon, cadmium orange, cadmium scarlet, quinacridone rose, dioxazine violet, ultramarine blue, chrome green deep, and burnt umber.
The last iris painting I did was also a panorama of many irises, and I got very tight and detailed on it. So, I decided to do another painting of many irises, and to try to get looser with it. Therefore, I quickly blocked in the background, including the leaves and the ground. Then, today, I added the background irises, using just a few quick splats of paint with a palette knife. I liked the effect.
I used a palette of Permalba white, cadmium lemon yellow, cadmium orange, cadmium scarlet, quidacridone rose, dioxazine violet, ultramarine blue, chrome green deep, and burnt umber. I make an optical black by mixing burnt umber with ultra blue. To make a gray, I mix some of this with the white.
I decided to go ahead and do the midground and foreground irises with a palette knife, as well. My tendency is to get extremely detailed, so the knife will force me to stay looser than I usually would. So far, I like the glow in the midground irises on the left. I believe this is due to the use of yellows, oranges, and red, and gradually shifting from one end of the spectrum to the other, in the order of the color wheel. I have not yet done the foreground iris, and have yet to put on the white highlights. I’ll do something with the background to lighten it up, and bring some form into it, that suggests tree leaves.
I moved my art studio back into my home in April due to financial reasons. This is the first painting I’ve done since I’ve been back to painting at home. It is a luminescent
palette. Therefore, there are no strong darks. I really like how the soft blue background harmonizes with the pinks, peaches, and violets of the iris. The whole piece has a very soft feeling to it, yet it is very colorful. This bloom was backlight, and you can see the light gleaming through the center of the flower from behind.