Thursday, March 20, 2008

Demonstration - Canna Lily step by step

I recently finished an 8x8 painting of a Canna Lily, titled "Late Bloomer" because when I took the photo last fall, it was September and my Cannas were still putting on a spectacular show.

Step 1: After laying down the initial sketch in pencil (I used the "grid" system and separated my paper into 4 quadrants to maintain aspect ratio) I then developed my palette, to better understand value relationships and cool-to-warm ratios. My palette here consists of Winsor Yellow (cool), New Gamboge (warm), Viridian & Cadmium red & orange (warm), Alizarin Crimson (cool) and Violet Lake (cool). I added Winsor Green to develop the final dark shadows.

Step 2: I laid down a wash of cool yellow, followed by wet-in-wet of warm yellow. A little more wet-in-wet of cadmium red on the outer petals.

Steps 3 & 4: Allowing each layer to dry, I began the process of building up the red values, going from warm to cool.

Step 5: At this point, I needed to see what my contrast would be like once I added the deep background. I mixed up Violet Lake, Alizarin Crimson and Winsor Green and laid down a wash using very little water.

Step 6: After allowing that layer to dry, I could see where I needed to deepen the warm & cool shadows on the Canna. Then it was time to put my paints away and stop before I muddied it up!


Marsha Robinett said...

Beautiful Canna Lily and great watercolor demonstration. Well done on both parts. Your use of light and shadow is perfect.

twiddlestix said...

Christy, this is beautiful. I love seeing the process!