Goood morning! I know, I'm terrible at updating my blog....I have a TON on my plate right now with kiddos, school, work, art, etc.....That's ok, though!
Anyhow, quick morning post on the daisies that I recently painted. I had a really great time painting all of the intricacies and shadows, so I thought I'd post some pics with some tips and such.
First, take several close up photos of a cluster of daisies...preferably in the sun so that you have strong light and shadow shapes. These daisies were in my mom's garden and they aren't real summer daisies, they are a fall blooming mum, I think, BUT close enough...
Anyhow, determine what colors you'd like to use to show the shadowed parts of the daisies. I think that violet and cerulean blue make interesting and vivid shadow colors on white, so I decided to go with that.
I started painting the shadowed petals and laying on sections of the background so that the white flowers popped forward.
When painting the background color, I wet an entire area or shape until there's a natural stopping place. Don't wet your paper all the way up into the corners and edges or your corners will be messy. Lay on the colors in your large area quickly and then switch to a smaller round brush, like a #3. Use that smaller brush to paint in the crevices between the petals.
Background colors are Hooker's Green, Viridian Green, New Gamboge, Burnt Sienna and Payne's Gray.
I forgot to mention that I did mask a few of the sunlight shapes on the bottom petals. It makes it easier to paint a continuous color for each petal area.
For the centers, I'm working wet on wet. Paint on your lightest color first and then charge in the greens and browns on top.
As I'm painting, I'm endlessly studying my reference photo. Ask yourself, where do the shapes begin and end? Where are your color values the strongest? What is distracting and what do I want to include or enhance for the viewer?
Ultimately, you are painting something that you want the viewer to enjoy for many years to come. Use your darkest darks against your lightest lights to create contrast and visual interest. Layer your colors to make the flowers pop off the page towards you.
Deepening colors, adding more shapes and shadows, working my way around the page.
Here, I'm resolving all of the corner shapes and shadows. I've taken off the masking fluid and at the end, I'll deepen colors even more and "soften" petal edges and sun spots using a clean brush, tissue and clean water. The finishing touches on your painting will really set your art apart, so don't skip those steps.
I, personally, like my art to "glow", so I spend a LOT of time softening edges and creating an ethereal kind of look.
Below is the final product! I did darken the background again in some spots. I added shadows to the stems to create a strong sense of light. I deepened some of the cracks and shadows on the flowers so that the white really "popped" and I glazed areas with a cool Lemon Yellow to warm up the tone and give a strong sunlight look to the piece.
Tip: I often glaze a really thin, watered down yellow to my paintings at the end. The yellow tends to make the underpainting more vibrant.
So, that's that! I hope this has inspired you to paint daisies!
If you'd like some reference photos, just say so in the comments and I'll email you some.
Happy Painting, my friends!
So, this post is for the eyes of any and all artists who are followers of Christ...meaning people who believe in the Bible and strive to follow it, Christians..... etc. If you're not a believer, then this has nothing to do with you and may I sweetly recommend that you find a different post to occupy your lunch break? :)
I'm in the art world and I've come to know many, many talented and wonderful artists throughout the years at galleries and art events. I've so enjoyed getting to know people and I've learned so much. There is one issue that has concerned me, though, especially with believers in the art world and that is the practice of painting, sketching, and attending figure drawing/painting classes that have live nude models.
I must challenge this practice among both Christian men and women in the art world. My thoughts are this, if God commands women to dress modestly, then why is it ok for a Christian man to pay a woman to disrobe in front of him so that he can sketch or paint her? The same goes for women, but I am mostly speaking to the men in this post since it seems like the prevalence in art is for men to artistically portray nude women in suggestive poses.
I can honestly see no caveat in the command for a man not to look upon a woman with lust (Matthew 5:28) and for a woman to dress modestly (1 Timothy 2:9-10). Those verses are not accompanied with an asterisk and with fine print elaborating that "it's ok if it's art, though".
Why is this acceptable? You are paying a woman to view her body unclothed. There is no excuse for this and it greatly disappoints me to see Christian men engaging in this activity in the art world. Where is your sense of decency? When you are sketching that model's breasts to be unrealistically perky, are you thinking of her as a person with an eternal soul, worthy of dignity and respect?
I sincerely doubt it.
It is demeaning a person who was made in the image of God. A person that you could have possibly reached out to in love. It is degrading a person that you could have possibly shared the gospel with, but how awkward it is now that you've seen her in an intimate situation that should only be reserved for the eyes of her husband. And you, sir, should be guarding your eyes and reserving your naked perusals only for your wife.....the one you have committed yourself to.
It is what God requires of us...both men and women....and it does not matter what popular culture does. You can be a light.
Christian men....I challenge you to hold women in such high regard that you would never dream of paying a model to disrobe in front of you. Would you be ok if your wife, sister, mother or daughter volunteered to be that disrobed woman in a room full of men? I challenge you to be a bastion of honor when it comes to how you think about, treat or portray women in your art. I challenge you to go against the popular opinion that it's perfectly acceptable....if it's ART....to view a woman naked. How is a naked woman lying in a seductive pose any different than pornography?
It is no different, sir. There is no difference at all.
Now...all that being said, this post is NOT addressed to unbelievers. It is solely for men and women who claim to be followers of Christ and of the Bible.
There is a higher standard that God has called you to, talented artist who just happens to be a man. A women can be portrayed in art in ways that accentuates her femininity and exalts her beauty without having to always rely on the sexual/naked side of the drawing board.
This is a challenge to come up higher.
1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.
You are not your own, if you are a follower of Christ. Be a man of honor.
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I'm a wife and mother of four kids. I homeschool, paint, run, and garden! I am always interested in digging truths out of Scripture. Here, you'll find my thoughts on art, adoption, gardening, mothering, homeschooling, books and whatever else is on my mind. Enjoy!
Creativity doesn't exist in a vacuum - like skepticism, it's a means, not an end. It cries out for a theme. To treat creativity as an end in itself is to assume godlike character for humans as though they could create ex nihilo. -J. Cheane