Iris Painting Update
The Iris painting is coming along. The second step of painting after the background color, was to block in the shape of the irises with white gesso. That creates a clean white for the flower color to show up unaffected by the background color. When painting with acrylic paint, the mid tone colors are applied first, then I work towards the darks and back up to the lights. It is a different way of applying colors than oils or watercolors.
The leaves were based with a variety of light and dark greens, the combination of light and dark leaves create depth in the painting. I chose a maroon red for the flowers because I love red and I love the way the complimentary red pops off of a green background. I've started working towards the dark colors and shadows – take a peek
Laying in the shadows on the irises help create the wrinkles and ruffles of the flower. The first layer of shadows on the leaves helps to define their depth and movement. Stay tuned for the next update form behind my easel.
If you missed the beginning of the painting, you can see where it started from here: