Tomorrow I begin Leslie Saeta’s January 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.
Hope to see you there!
Wishing you Joy, Happiness and Health!
May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; The rain fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand. ― Famous Irish Blessing
I started this piece months ago. When I started to add pen to shape the petals, I totally goofed. I did not start with a sketch, I just splattered paint, and then added the pen to highlight some of the shapes the paint developed.
When I came back to the piece recently, I was so attracted to the colors, I felt I had to try to save it. I continued to add petal shapes. Next I added more of the rust tones to the background. That looked terrific in person, but not in the scan. So I went back in with some deep sap green.
I thought it was too dark, so I washed some of that back out. Looking at the petals, I thought it might be a good idea to add some shadows. I didn’t want to ruin what I had, so I added shadows digitally, in Photoshop. The shadows here are not deep enough, and maybe they are not correctly placed. This is still a work in progress for now. Below is the original.