The colour on these freesia flowers is really hard to describe, it's a sort of bluish-lilac which gets stronger as they open and then fades as each flower ages. Getting the colour right for each stage of growth is going to be a real pain. The buds were quite straightforward, yellowy green with a purple streak here and there, to give a suggestion of what the flower colour will be when they open. Shadows on open flowers, especially pale ones are the hardest, but most vital part to get right if I don't want flat looking flowers.
|A closer look at hose buds.|
|Just a little more depth needed to the shadow side|
Flat flowers aside, I have to get the freezer fixed, again. Honestly you would think that by buying something, 'top of the range' the blasted thing would last more than two years. Alas not, so again my day will be interrupted by waiting, explaining for the zillionth time what the problem is and then waiting for some outrageously convoluted reason why it cannot be fixed today. Oh just give me a new bloomin' freezer.
Right, I feel better now. So it's on with those freesia petals. A very pale mix of Ultramarine Violet and Permanent Rose should give me a good base to build on. Adding French Ultramarine Light to the wash adds the bluer tones and a deeper mix of Ultramarine Light and Ultramarine Violet should do the job for the darker veining in the petals. There is also a sort of neutral, yellowy colour on the palest areas of the petals and in the folds of the neck of the flower. To get this I will use a light mix of raw Sienna and Lemon Yellow, but only very sparingly.
Lots of lilac mixes, and a few shadow tones
For shadow mixes, I like to use mixes made from the colours already used, so here I will use a combination of my yellowy green mix from the buds and my light lilac mix. It really does work and makes the whole thing look more harmonious than if I use a generic 'botanical grey' mix.
Well, that's all the theory anyway. So now I had better get on with it, oh yes and listen out for that doorbell too!