As you know, I have been working on a particularly purple clematis over the last few days, and I am so happy that it's nearly finished. In the last post, Back to Back I left you with just the first few stages, with the stem and stamens finished, and the petals under way.
Working with only the transparent colours in my palette has been a complete revelation to my painting, giving vibrant mixes with true translucency. It's lovely to see the warmth and depth of every layer shining through, giving a wonderfully complex finish to the overall appearance.
|First washes on and starting to work the finer details with a darker mix.|
Remembering to keep the highlights and veining.
|Pulling the wet wash out with the brush to create ripples and movement.|
|The first petal.|
I sometimes go back once the piece is complete,
to add details and ensure a coherent finish
Towards the base of the petal, the colours are kept light,
with a little Cobalt in the purple mix to cool things down.
Once the first petal is finished, the rest are completed in the same way. Wet washes of colour are laid first and allowed to dry completely before any details are added. darker mixes and dry brush are used to add details and deepen the colours and washes further. Many layers can be applied to carefully build up to the deepest tones.
|I always leave work for a while and go and do something else.|
Then I come back and have a closer look.
Often, there is some adjustment needed.