Monday, May 24, 2010

Mountain Iris

The Iris, a flower that was named for a goddess and whose name means rainbow. This project is the Rocky Mountain Iris, the design is by Bev Norman. You will need three greens for the foliage, a light blue to base the petals, a purple for shading and a dark blue to mix with the purple for deeper shading and the vein work, ochre and a golden yellow for the beard. Don't forget white, we need that to mix with the light blue for the highlight on the edges of the petals. We did back to back floating for the highlight on the leaves. Make sure that your shading and highlighting keep the petals separate. This piece is also beautiful done on a dark background.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Rose Mallow

This is the first in a series of wildflowers that we are going to be painting in the coming weeks. This beautiful design is by Bev Norman and is a great exercise to help improve your line work with all those wonderful veins and shadow veins on the petals. It is a project that works up very quickly and the simplicity of it is belied by the beauty of the flower.