Monday, November 18, 2013

Foxgloves

Foxgloves are such cool flowers.  I've never grown them but I admire them in other gardens.  In my photo reference,  I liked how the top flowers had a lot of yellow in them and the lower flowers were much cooler.  I don't think this photo really shows that very well but the color change is there.

I used Fabriano Artistico paper for this painting and was disappointed in how the paper pilled when I tried to lift paint.  It's definitely not the workhorse that I'm used to when using Arches paper.  It does give a very soft, velvety looking finish though and it is easy to lift the paint so I guess I will use it again.

Foxgloves
Image size 22" x 11"

10 comments:

  1. Bonjour ma chère amie,

    Des fleurs de digitale peintes avec une très grande délicatesse, une légèreté inouïe... J'ai pu observer et admirer en agrandissant votre photo les justes nuances jaunâtres. Ce sont des fleurs que j'aime beaucoup et vous les mettez magnifiquement bien à l'honneur.
    Vous êtes très talentueuse.

    Gros bisous à vous

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  2. Paper aside, you got a beautiful result. I can see the yellow in the upper "bells" just fine. Something rich about the Fabriano Artistico name, isn't there?

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  3. Thank you Sherry. I do love the name of the paper and using a different technique, I would probably like the paper more also.

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  4. Beautiful, Nancy, just beautiful! I love Foxgloves too. I've found that Fabriano WC paper is just too soft and difficult to work with but am attracted to its beautiful surface. Maybe using all non-staining, easy lifting colors would work? I'll have to try that!

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  5. Thank you Kathleen. I like the softness of the paper too but I find that Waterford 200# paper has a similar softness but is much hardier.

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  6. I love foxglove too, but have refrained from growing in my yard for fear of my animals chewing on it! You captured the flower beautifully, love the subtle color changes between the top & bottom ones also.

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