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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Iris on Yupo Revisited

I went back into the iris painting last night and made some changes as suggested by my watercolor cyber friends. Rhonda suggested that the colors were too "pretty" and perhaps it would help if I added some browns in the leaves. I did this - in fact I used yellow ochre and burnt sienna. I also toned down the background by sponging on and painting in some more acrylic white ink over the background. I like it better now:)

13 comments:

Ginny Stiles said...

Yup, this is an improvement although I didn't have any problems with version one, myself. I am not good at revising things so it's nice to have you talk through what you have tried and how you feel about what you have tried. It's like editing a manuscript...not as much fun as the original writing, but it can be just what is needed!

Mary Paquet said...

Barbara, I really liked the first rendition, but I agree that this is more interesting. Thanks for sharing your process -- always nice to hear how other artists approach a challenge. Gerald Brommer told us that painting is just a series of problem solving as you react to what develops on the surface.

Barbara Sailor said...

Ginny...
Glad you like the revised painting - one never knows when you go back in to a painting if the results will be better or worse. I still like the fox island #1 better than the revised one:)but I like iris #2 better than #1. :)
Mary...
Gerald Brommer must be a very wise man - everything I have heard about his workshop is wonderful and I certainly agree with his comment about problem solving.

jgr said...

This is lovely!

RHCarpenter said...

Very good finish, Barb, and I'll have to remember the white acrylic sponged on for a future project I have in mind :)

Sandy Maudlin said...

You may think YUPO is not your thing, but this beautiful painting speaks loudly that YOU paint very well on YUPO! Keep it up. The possiblities are endless and the colors of the landscapes you're doing now would be awesome on YUPO, especially the textures you could get in those rocks!

Barbara Sailor said...

You are very encouraging, Sandy, I might just buy some more Yupo:) I am hoping to take one of your Yupo workshops some day - that would be a real treat. Thanks for taking time to comment.
Barb

Barbara Sailor said...

jgr...thank you for visiting and commenting. I love your blog.
Barb

Sherry said...

Wow! This iris is a feast for the eyes, with all the interesting shapes and fabulous color.

Barbara Sailor said...

Rhonda...I was happy with the way the white acrylic worked on the Yupo - but of course, i am not experienced with working with acrylics on Yupo - so these new discoveries excite me:)


Sherry...thank you so much for visiting my blog and for commenting. I explored yours tonight and was so pleasantly surprised - I love the diversity in the subject matter and your beautiful writing.

dayana said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Susan

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Barbara Sailor said...

dayana...thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your comments - I hope you do continue to visit often and I will try to keep on top of things and post entries more often:)

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.