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Title: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on April 20, 2012, 09:07:32 PM
In order for me to easily find and answer queries about this Lesson I will appreciate it if everyone will keep these  to this specific Lesson Posting only. This will also be of benefit to you as well in the future.  Thanks

Download Lesson 15 Template and Instructions (http://courses.paintbasket.com/handouts/watercolours-lesson-15-peonie-template-instruction.pdf)

This lesson is a special request by members.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: erika on April 22, 2012, 05:13:16 AM
Whoop I'm in this one, but won't be able to watch the live lesson... will wait for the replay though, so have fun everyone... and thanks Dennis  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on April 22, 2012, 06:13:24 AM
 :urwelcome:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Harald on April 22, 2012, 10:03:52 PM
My first peone.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Karen on April 22, 2012, 10:55:27 PM
I like your peony better than mine, Harald - its got more variation in shadow and nice colours.
I missed the last maybe quarter of the lesson. I heard Dennis for a while over a frozen picture of the half painted flower then his voice went too - and the picture - strange. I tried to log in on another computer but had the same result -  my speed is about 10 megabits per sec. so it should be ok. Did others have the same problem besides Jennylyn?
I just finished the peonie as best I could. I'll wait  to see the phot and Dennis finished one to see waht else i should have done
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Gloria on April 22, 2012, 11:12:40 PM
That's very well done Karen, especially painting along and not seeing some of it. You are a natural.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on April 22, 2012, 11:19:36 PM
Ok here is mine. My waterdrop looks like a mole.  :2funny: :2funny: It was still fun to do. Thanks Dennis.  O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on April 22, 2012, 11:22:46 PM
Karen and Harald nice job on yours.  O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on April 22, 2012, 11:41:03 PM
Nina, did you forget to post your peonie painting?

Harald, very nicely done!   :clap: :clap: :clap:

Karen, you did a fantastic paint along, especially considering all the connection problems.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on April 22, 2012, 11:45:26 PM
Oh Nina, I just saw your peonie on the forum gallery.   :congrats:

It's beautiful!  You're amazing!!!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Karen on April 23, 2012, 12:02:27 AM
I looked on the gallery too, Nina - very well painted and lovely pinks. I can't see your waterdrop well so it can't be too bad! I'll wait for the replay to remind myself how to do them. - Yours and Harald's peony helped me fix the stamens in mine - thanks! -I wish it was as easy to wash out and fix things in acrylics!








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Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on April 23, 2012, 12:45:25 AM
I'm sorry I had a senior moment.  :2funny:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on April 23, 2012, 12:47:59 AM
Karen acrylics is the easiest to fix I think. I work in them all the time. What is your problem?
Nina.  :flowers:
PS Thanks for the comments on the peonie.  ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Gloria on April 23, 2012, 02:12:34 AM
Good job on  the peony, Nina. :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: erika on April 23, 2012, 04:34:04 AM
Beautiful peonies Harald, Karen and Nina - you're all doing an excellent job at painting along with Dennis... I will try mine as soon as the replay is available... could only watch for about 40 minutes then had to run.

I have come to make peace with watercolours and really love the whole process, from the paper to the last accent strokes.  I know I still have a lot to learn and this will take time, but yay!!!! for wc's!!

And Dennis, a question: could you demonstrate sometime how one should do stretching wc paper using paper gum strips?  I find my paper doesn't stay flat enough.... maybe I'm using too much water or something?  I'm using the recommended 300 gsm

Thanks PB masters  :dance:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on April 23, 2012, 05:03:52 AM
All three paint-a-long Peony paintings are very well done.  The wet-in-wet techniques all done well . Karen, however you have lost the light shading on the petal tips but that does not make it wrong - just a darker shade of Peony. All of you  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on April 23, 2012, 05:06:02 AM
Erika, I have already scheduled a day next month for a demo on stretching paper. In the next day or two then the next month's lessons will be posted on the forum.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Karen on April 23, 2012, 07:21:09 AM
thanks Dennis and you nice people who have commented. I enjoyed the part of the lesson I got. Nina I usually use acrylics too and you can just re-gesso and go over stuff but I found today you can just wipe out watercolour mistakes with a damp cloth and then repaint when it's dry - very handy.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Leana on April 23, 2012, 08:30:52 AM
Harald, Karen and Nina ... phew... you guys/gals are certainly rocking it with your paintings.  Well done.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: C.Bodine on April 23, 2012, 12:45:56 PM
The Peonies are beautiful! Great job to everyone! :clap:  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jennylynn on April 23, 2012, 01:07:38 PM
harald nina & karen awesome work on your peonies and to do it while painting along with dennis!!!  BRAVO  and karen considering you were having connection problems like me i think you did a wonderful job!!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Chrisanne on April 23, 2012, 02:47:05 PM
Well done Harald, Karen and Nina all the peonies look amazing. I can't wait to to try it myself. I would love to have painted along but it's a bit late in the evening for me. Must be getting old, I'm usually in bed by 10.30 pm  ;)

 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Harald on April 23, 2012, 02:59:40 PM
Many thanks to everyone for the encouraging comments. Nina your peonie is very beatiful, I can`t find the wrong with your waterdroop. Karen I do not agree, your choise of colors in the background and flower produces a lighter and more sommery look. I like this flowerpainting and here I have an other try.
Harald
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on April 23, 2012, 03:11:23 PM
Harald another nice painting.  O0 O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on April 23, 2012, 07:00:16 PM
Lovely, Harald. I see you are developing a nice style of painting.  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on April 23, 2012, 09:12:45 PM
Harald, you sure don't waste any time.  Good for you for practicing and I can see how you are improving because of it.

Your peonie is brilliant!   :congrats:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Gloria on April 23, 2012, 09:23:48 PM
Had some trouble posting so my picture is in the gallery twice because I had to do it over and I dont know how to post and not be in the gallery twice. Hope I explained myself properly. Does anyone know?
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: C.Bodine on April 23, 2012, 11:35:30 PM
Harald and Gloria, your peony flowers are very pretty! You have both done an excellent job!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on April 24, 2012, 12:11:25 AM
 :congrats: Gloria!  Well done!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on April 24, 2012, 12:35:09 AM
It's good to see all the paintings being posted - tells me people are working :yippee:

Nice painting Gloria  :clap: :clap: :clap: If you let the main stem of the flower run out of the picture it will give it a much better look.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: wshortstuff on April 24, 2012, 01:54:50 AM
I haven't started mine yet, but after looking at all the beautiful pics on the forum, I have to get busy and try to come close.  It looks like everyone spent so much time on them, but they couldn't have.  Fantastic. :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Gloria on April 24, 2012, 03:27:18 AM
Many thanks Dennis, C. Lillian, shortstuff. You are so gracious.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Leana on April 24, 2012, 08:15:28 AM
Well done Gloria  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Chrisanne on April 24, 2012, 09:55:37 AM
Well done Gloria, yours looks really pretty too  :clap: :clap: :clap: Like your second painting too Harald, you certainly don't waste any time, I haven't even started mine yet  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Gloria on April 24, 2012, 02:24:42 PM
Chrisanne, Leana, thanks for your comment.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: wshortstuff on April 27, 2012, 12:08:19 AM
Everyone, your peonies are great.  I haven't had a chance to try my hand at it yet.  It looks like a challenge.  Wish me luck.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: eftpower1 on April 27, 2012, 01:06:35 AM
What a bouquet of Peonies :clap: :clap:

They all turned out so very well :envy: :envy:

Ya'all  gona be hard act to follow :-\ :-\

I took the time to watch and re watch the 1st part of the replay....I think I MAY have figured out how Dennis did the background.   ;D ;D

Time will tell if i even got close to how the Master  :smart: did it, but I;m gona try :sweat:

you guys really are going to be a hard act to follow. Nice work everybody :flowers: :flowers:
Brian

Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Martina on April 27, 2012, 08:48:16 AM
Somehow I missed all your wonderful peonies ... so sorry!

The all look so beautiful. I love the blending of the colours on the petals. Very well done  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Chrisanne on April 27, 2012, 11:37:38 AM
Hi Everyone,

I seem to be missing the replay of the peony lesson  :'(, has everyone else got it?
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Gloria on April 27, 2012, 12:58:03 PM
Chrisanne, it dosen't seem as though we received the replay yet. I guess Dennis will let you know. Funny, because I already finished mine and posted it. I probably followed the pdf, dont remember.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Chrisanne on April 27, 2012, 01:28:09 PM
Thanks Gloria,

I just wondered because Brian said he watched and re-watched the first part of the replay before doing the background.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Tousabella on April 27, 2012, 02:38:55 PM
Yeah...has anyone received the rerun yet?  I've been waiting for it all week. I did one flower from the pdf, but my daughter wanted it for her birthday, so I've started another.
Guess we'll have to wait til we hear from Dennis.
Your Peony's are all beautiful....really great jobs....we've sure come a long ways in these short months. I certainly didn't think I had it in me!   :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Maryna on April 27, 2012, 04:51:28 PM
The replay is not up yet, they will let us know once it is :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on April 27, 2012, 11:05:38 PM
Hi all my watercolor  :painting: friends.

The replay for lesson 15, how to paint peonies is now on the TV list.

I haven't yet received an email announcing it, but I've kept checking.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on April 28, 2012, 01:17:37 AM
 :congrats:  Bravo everyone  :clap:  :clap: beautiful peonies. I am quite intrigued with the backgrounds...you've all been learning new techniques while I was away. Brilliant work one and all.   :clap:   :clap:   :clap:   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on April 28, 2012, 01:41:15 AM
I did get the email notification for the replay of the peonie.  :)  Hopefully I can get started soon.

We've been watching for it, anxious to do this beautiful flower.

I'm sure Dennis has a life apart from Paintbasket.   :)

Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Helenty on April 29, 2012, 02:06:08 AM
WOW love all the peonies so far ,have not started mine yet but hope it turns out as well as all the ones in the forum.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: eftpower1 on April 29, 2012, 03:50:36 PM
One more flower for the bouquet  ;D


Two things I learned:  1) The painting may not "look good" at one foot, but it may look  very nice at 5 feet! ???

2)  I can use a flat brush as if it was a stencil brush to " save"  a background by "tapping in" another color over what's there ( think "Damp over Dry" )  For me, it seems to sometimes work better than trying to do a wash / glaze over a section of back ground that needs to change.   { far lower right and upper right}

Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Gloria on April 29, 2012, 04:36:31 PM
Very nice Brian. Good tip on handling background. I might try it. Congratulations on being featured in the newsletter.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on April 29, 2012, 05:19:53 PM
Very well done  :clap: :clap: :clap: I love your background  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on April 29, 2012, 05:45:00 PM
Brian you did a great job.  O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on April 29, 2012, 10:51:39 PM
Next thing you know, you'll be on the cover of Artist Monthly!  Well done Brian.  :clap:   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on April 29, 2012, 11:01:06 PM
Well done, Brian!   :clap: :clap: :clap:

You're showing us all up!  Don't let it go to your head, ok?   :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Tousabella on April 30, 2012, 02:33:24 AM
Wow....everyone has done such a gorgeous job!! :clap:  I finished mine, and my daughter wanted it for her b'day present, but I did get a pic of it. I'm trying to do another.
Dennis, while watching the replay...again...and again..The pic of the flower you show at the end, looks creamy white on the wall!  Seeing how many colors you incorporated into it, it's awesome.
Thank you so much for another wonderful lesson.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on April 30, 2012, 06:31:36 AM
Obviously your daughter was very happy with your painting.  :clap: :clap: :clap: Can't wait to see how you painted it.

When viewing your work properly you HAVE to stand back and look at it from the proper viewing distance. Most of the complaints come from artists who are looking at their art work from close up and not from the proper viewing distance,

Take a magnifying glass and look at photos in the newspaper. What you see looks terrible - all the different dot sizes and the colours look all mixed up and jumbled - until you move the magnifying glass away. Make sense?

Only when you view you work from a relative distance can your eye properly join all the dots together  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Helenty on April 30, 2012, 08:56:36 AM
Here is my Peonie,it sure does give you plenty of practice with blending,but it was enjoyable.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Chrisanne on April 30, 2012, 09:59:19 AM

Here is my first attempt at a peony. It's far from perfect but I finally managed to do a background that I quite like  :). I really enjoyed painting this one so I'll have another go I think.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on April 30, 2012, 10:10:35 AM
Both of you have made beautiful paintings with great depth. The petals well done. It is such an encouragement to see quality work been done these days  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: pnewcomer1 on April 30, 2012, 10:35:50 AM
Helenty and Chrisanne both are beautifully done congratulations you both have done an awesome job  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Penny
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Helenty on April 30, 2012, 11:19:20 AM
Thanks Dennis and Penny,it is good to know we are improving.Chrisane you did a lovely job on your flower, good on you.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on April 30, 2012, 11:49:23 AM
Helen and Chrisanne,  :congrats:.  Well done!  Your peonies are beautiful!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: C.Bodine on April 30, 2012, 12:10:17 PM
Helen and Chrisanne, your flowers are very nicely done! :clap:  :clap:
Brian, your flower looks great, too! I love the way you did your background! O0
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Chrisanne on April 30, 2012, 01:21:00 PM
 :thankyou: so much Helen and Penny.

I think you have done a great job too Helen, yours looks lovely :clap: as do they all. Well done everyone  :clap: :clap: :clap:.

 :thankyou: too Dennis, it is so encouraging to receive your feedback. I'm going to try a different one next I think, I love peonies :smitten:

Chris.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: eftpower1 on April 30, 2012, 02:50:45 PM
Helenty and Chrisanne

very impressive. the graded washes show wonderful control. as do the water drops!

Regards
brian
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on April 30, 2012, 03:11:06 PM
Helenty and Chrisanne awesome work. love the backgrounds.  O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: sapphirelynn on April 30, 2012, 04:21:39 PM
WOW all you guys are doing so well with watercolour :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Just a little side note, according to Feng Shui  ..If you are married, never put a peonie picture in your home and especially the master bedroom.  It is supposed to encourage a partner to stray.  It is ok if there are single women in the home then you put up one in the living room to attract a good man into her life....In fact you should decorate her room with fresh peonies and pictures....So all you Peonie painters you now have produced a great gift for any female who is single..but then she has to pass it on when she finds her mate...Just imagine where your gift will end up and what possibilities it brings to the lives of those who receive it....Lynn
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Chrisanne on April 30, 2012, 06:55:31 PM
Thanks again everyone, you are all very kind. It's lovely to get such positive remarks.

Thanks for the info Saphirelynn, I didn't know that. As it happens I am single, been divorced for 21 years now, so you never know maybe I'll find someone new ;) Mind you I'm quite happy being single and probably far too set in my ways to change now :)

Chris.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: eftpower1 on May 01, 2012, 12:01:41 AM
I'm going to take that painting and BOLT it to the wall in my daughter's room >:D

Brian
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 01, 2012, 12:07:44 AM
Brian, paint lots more and cover her walls with peonies.   :D
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on May 01, 2012, 12:41:06 AM
 :2funny:  Brian, that sounds like something my dad would have done!  Of course I came with a warranty...one foot out the door it expired...no returns, no refunds.   :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: sapphirelynn on May 01, 2012, 12:56:11 AM
Brian toooo funny,  Val  :2funny: bet your dad loves ya
 Now Chrisanne you never know the power of Feng Shui ..it is supposed to bring the RIGHT man :smitten: paint lots more
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Chrisanne on May 01, 2012, 10:04:15 AM
Nice one Brian :2funny: Does it work with men I wonder, my youngest son is 29 and still at home ::) I can't see him being too pleased with paintings of peonies all over his bedroom walls though  ;D

Chris.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on May 01, 2012, 01:28:20 PM
 :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: sapphirelynn on May 01, 2012, 03:03:34 PM
Chrisanne for guys you need to get some 'yin' energy into their space.  Most guys have pictures of male interests in their room so they need balance of yin/yang.  Substitute art that includes the opposite gender. Especially a painting of a couple in embrace or a couple holding hands etc.  Looks like you will need to take the portrait course if you haven't already ;D  you could sneak in the peonie somewhere on the painting as well, me thinks lol
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Martina on May 01, 2012, 03:19:50 PM
Brian, Helenty and Chisanne, your peonies are really lovely. :) Very well done :clap: :clap: :clap:
Brian, the background is beautiful. :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Chrisanne on May 02, 2012, 10:41:01 AM
Thanks Lynn,

I'll have to try that, although he's more into abstract paintings ;) I haven't done the portrait course yet but I'm trying to work through everything. I really think I need to make more time for painting, there is so much I want to do but there never seems to be enough time  :)

Chris.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 04, 2012, 12:51:07 PM
Here's my peonie.  It's hard to see the little ant but he's there.   :)

I think I'll try painting one from a photo I took last spring.

I took a close up of the water drop and ant on the peonie. 

Doing this seemed a bit risky, but it was fun.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: eftpower1 on May 04, 2012, 01:37:09 PM
Lillian   Masterful! :smart:
Brian

Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on May 04, 2012, 01:49:12 PM
Lillian Bravo! Bravo! on your Peonie. You have grown so much. Love this one girl.  O0 O0  :clap:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: C.Bodine on May 04, 2012, 02:21:28 PM
Lillian, lovely flower! Beautiful colors! O0
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on May 04, 2012, 02:26:29 PM
Lovely Lillian   :clap:   :clap:  the addition of the ant is perfect. As I recall that was the only drawback to having peonies....all the ants!!  :heeha:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bhavna on May 04, 2012, 02:36:45 PM
Its awesome Lillian  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 04, 2012, 02:43:29 PM
Brian, Nina, C. and Val,

 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: each one for your kind comments.

Yes, ours have ants.  Even though I give them a good shake before bringing them in the house, there's always one or two that surface from their cozy hiding place deep in the center of the flower.  They really don't bother me much.  It's so nice to have them on my table and some of them have a scent as lovely as the flower.

We should have peonies here very soon.  Spring rains and milder weather has made a real difference.  We have narcissus, tulips, bleeding hearts blooming.  Soon to come are lily of the valley, lilacs and much more.  Trees are getting fresh leaves, birds are singing their hearts out.  I love this time of year!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 04, 2012, 02:44:57 PM
Bhavna, we were typing at the same time!   :thankyou: also for stopping by with a nice comment.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: sapphirelynn on May 04, 2012, 03:01:15 PM
great job Lillian    :clap: :clap: love it.  My peonies are about 18" high now and I too am looking forward to bringing them in, ants and all but it's worth it (sneaky little critters)
Chrisanne I have been taking so many lessons plus trying to keep on top of this site, getting more difficult all the time but I try, and now that gardening season is upon us I have even less time...sigh...something is going to have to give :pullhair:  Wish I could quit work and just  :painting:  but then I couldn't pay for lessons lol.. Oh well only a couple more years to go, perhaps I could give up  :sleep:   :2funny: I know many of us are in the same  :boat:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 04, 2012, 03:52:22 PM
 :thankyou: Lynn.   :1hug:

I'm thinking that folks here are going to have to excuse us if we aren't able to make all the comments we'd like to.  Life seems to get busier when the nice weather gets here.

I know I will be checking in and commenting as best I can but family and friends are beginning to beg attention.  There'll be no more threat of ice and snow hampering our driving, so, we may take a few road trips.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: GailBrown on May 04, 2012, 06:04:41 PM
So here is yet another version of the peony.  The background reminds me a little of a batik fabric that I have.   In another life I studied fabric design, so the fabric reference makes me happy. Enjoy.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Chrisanne on May 04, 2012, 07:25:11 PM

Here is another attempt at a peony, it certainly gave me some practice at blending :) Think the darks may be a bit too dark but I'm reasonably happy with it.

Chris.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Chrisanne on May 04, 2012, 07:30:33 PM
Well done Lillian and Gail, love both your peonies  :clap: :clap: :clap: You've both done a great job  :flowers:

Chris.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Chrisanne on May 04, 2012, 07:38:28 PM
I know how you feel Lynn  ;). I am retired but I have other commitments which take up a lot of my time, I think maybe I should start cutting back on some of them and have some "me" time  :)

Chris.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Tousabella on May 04, 2012, 07:41:38 PM
Hi guys...Everyone has done a superb job on this lesson...it was so much fun!  This is my first attempt, and....no...there is no water drop.  I practiced n practiced, but none looked like it 'belong there'.  I'll keep working on it, and I also think there are tutorials on water drops....so, I'll get it yet!!

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Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Tousabella on May 04, 2012, 07:43:02 PM
Guess it was camera shy!!!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bhavna on May 04, 2012, 09:27:01 PM
Gail and Chrisanne you guys have done superb job. I love both painting  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 04, 2012, 09:58:53 PM
Gail and Crisanne, you've both done a beautiful job on your peonie paintings.   :clap: :clap: :clap:

Chrisanne, your darks are not too dark in my opinion.  I like that you gave your own rendition of it.

Tousabella,  I'm looking forward to seeing your peonie.  Take a shot when it's not looking!   :2funny:  ...and get it on here!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on May 04, 2012, 11:42:51 PM
Well done Gail & Chrisanne   :clap:   :clap:

Bella, you have a dash in your BBC code. Take it out and you should be fine.   O0
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: sapphirelynn on May 05, 2012, 01:35:49 AM
sounds good to me Chrisanne O0
Gail  and Chris your newest peonies are lovely, You have both done a fantastic job  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Martina on May 05, 2012, 11:43:43 AM
Lillian, Gail and Chrisanne, your peonies are wonderful, so lovely! :clap: :clap: :clap:
What I like most is that every painting looks different and yet so beautiful :) :) :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Martina on May 05, 2012, 11:49:30 AM
Tousabella, I am looking forward to see yours. :)
About the waterdrops: Nolan explains how to paint waterdrops in detail in the last part of the tulip oil class. Perhaps this might be helpful.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on May 05, 2012, 01:15:14 PM
Dennis did a free lesson on waterdrops in watercolour.  Here's the link. Hope it helps.   O0

http://www.paintbasket.com/paintbaskettv/index.php?show=13 (http://www.paintbasket.com/paintbaskettv/index.php?show=13)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sandra Haley on May 05, 2012, 01:52:31 PM
Wow what a great job you all did.
Sandy
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on May 05, 2012, 02:11:21 PM
Chrisanne and Gail beautiful Peonies.  Chrisanne I think your darks are fine. O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Tousabella on May 05, 2012, 05:04:40 PM
Thanks Val....Phew...Now, I not only need to increase the 02, I need glasses too!

Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Tousabella on May 05, 2012, 05:39:12 PM
Thank you, Val.  I'm glad your 'remembery' is so good.   (That's remembering AND memory!!)   :clap:
I knew I'd seen a tutorial or somethin on water drops.
Now, I can try playing on paper first, then, the flower.
Thanks, again.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on May 05, 2012, 10:30:06 PM
Retta, you have painted a beautifully fresh looking peony with a lovely touch.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

If you can remember I spoke about the lost and found (hard and soft) edges.  You need the tips of the petals to be more hard-edged so that it "lifts" the one petal above the other to give it that 3D feeling. Otherwise, well done  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on May 06, 2012, 09:05:10 AM
Your welcome Bella. I have to admit there are definately times when I could use one of those 'rememberalls' from Harry Potter!   :2funny:  Your peony looks great. Funny how those hard and soft edges have a mind of there own!  :D
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Leana on May 06, 2012, 09:26:56 AM
Oh Wow  :heeha: ... you artists are truly rocking it away with the Peonies... they are absolutely magnificent!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: eftpower1 on May 06, 2012, 06:47:47 PM
I think Martina summed it very well   ALL unique, original and beautiful.

And I can ID with the :fight: to guarantee time for ME stuff, most importantly  :painting:

And this "Family of choice" definitely helps me do that!

Brian
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Chrisanne on May 07, 2012, 10:17:48 AM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: everyone, I really enjoyed painting the peonies. I think everyone did a great job on this one, they all look lovely and each one has it's unique qualities.

I am going to try to catch up on some of the oil classes for a week or two now.

Enjoy your week everyone.

Chris.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Maryna on May 07, 2012, 12:02:21 PM
Wow everyone, your paintings are truly beautiful.

I am so far behind, my schedule is a bit hectic at the moment, but hope to catch up soon :)

Great job to everyone :)
Title: Peony
Post by: Lillian on May 09, 2012, 09:47:39 PM
I took this photo last spring.  We are still waiting for these beauties to show themselves this year. 

I've been wanting to try my hand at painting this peony in watercolor, so I too, myself up on the challenge.

What do you think?  All advice is welcome.

 Dennis, would you please give me you expert input? 

I used W&N watercolor paints.  For this, I used permanent rose, and cerulean blue mix for the flower.  I added some burnt sienna for the real dark centre and cad. yellow for the stamens. 

The leaves are mixes of cerulean blue and lemon yellow or cobalt blue and lemon yellow, also some ult. blue.  The background is a combination of these mixes along with yellow ochre and some cad yellow.  Oh yes, I used viridian and I think a touch of cerulean for the big bright leaves by the flower. 

I confess, I did not do a color wheel using my permanent rose and cerulean blue.  I just mixed it and liked it.   :)
I must do my color wheels!!!    :-\
Here is the photo I took.
Title: Re: Peony
Post by: goldsix on May 09, 2012, 10:06:19 PM
Lillian

Very nice. I don't do floras myself but this is really good. It might just be me, but perhaps adding a bit more shadows on the pedals and leaves will give a little more depth. But please wait for the experts before doing anything.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Peony
Post by: pnewcomer1 on May 09, 2012, 10:23:20 PM
You did an awesome job Lillian I think they look lovely.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Penny
Title: Re: Peony
Post by: NHC50 on May 09, 2012, 10:49:09 PM
Wow Lillian Awesome job!  O0 O0 O0
NIna  :flowers:
Title: Re: Peony
Post by: Val on May 09, 2012, 11:05:13 PM
 ???  For some reason I'm only getting 1/2 your painting when I expand it. Oh well, from what I can see it looks gorgeous Lillian.   :clap:  You've done a marvellous job with your colours. Superb job on this one.   :clap:    O0
Title: Re: Peony
Post by: C.Bodine on May 09, 2012, 11:05:58 PM
 A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, Lillian! :clap:
Title: Re: Peony
Post by: Bhavna on May 10, 2012, 12:58:13 AM
Awesome Lillian   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Peony
Post by: patindaytona on May 10, 2012, 01:36:23 AM
Really nice...Lillian! Water color is hard! For having ONE go at it without rehashing, that's really really nice! Just the right touches O0
Title: Re: Peony
Post by: liz on May 10, 2012, 01:46:09 AM
SIMPLY  BEAUTIFUL, LILLIAN! WOW!!!   :clap:   :clap:   :clap:
Title: Re: Peony
Post by: Lillian on May 10, 2012, 02:18:37 AM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:

All positive comments.   :thankyou:  I really appreciate your feedback.

Al, thankyou for your constructive criticism. 

Dennis, my expert  watercolor  :smart:  If you get a chance, would you please give me your honest opinion?
 


Title: Re: Peony
Post by: Karen on May 10, 2012, 02:41:55 AM
These are lovely Lillian. The flowers are beautiful just as they are - did you want the light and shade difference you have in the photo?  I have just discovered the power of gently blotting with wet tissue to lighten areas of watercolur - you could do that if you wanted to lighten the sun side a tiny bit then darken the shaded part with another application of paint. This is a scary thing to do though when you have got them so nicely already - and I'm discovering the less you mess with watercolour the better.
Title: Re: Peony
Post by: dennis on May 10, 2012, 05:25:24 AM
Lilian, you have made a wonderful job of your peony.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

You have applied a very beautiful light touch. By that I don't mean a very light painting, but delicate shadings and markings in the petals.

 Don't touch this one and spoil what you have got, but try another one with a little bit more darker shading in the shadow areas of the flower, to gain a bit more contrast. Then put them side by side and compare them.  O0

Remember, the more you practice the better you become! And you are getting better.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Leana on May 10, 2012, 07:43:46 AM
 :heeha: Wow Lillian... great job on your peony... well done!!!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 10, 2012, 12:46:46 PM
Karen, you are so right in saying:  :thankyou:

 
Quote
I'm discovering the less you mess with watercolour the better.
  I wasn't trying to make it super photo realistic, I prefer a much softer effect than the photo.  Yes, I did use tissue in some places but thanks for offering the tip.

Leana, Thankyou for your kind comment.

Dennis,  :thankyou: for coming by with your opinion on my peony painting.  It means a lot to me.

As I was painting, I was scolding myself for not doing a color wheel with the paints I chose to use as I wasn't sure the color harmony would work out.  I was just too anxious to get on with the job.

Ok, I have a second photo, different composition of the peonies, so I will try that with more contrast in the flowers as you suggested.   Then, the peonies will soon be showing their gorgeous faces here, so I can take more photos for inspiration and post some for folks to have as photo reference.  The peonies on the bush here are so lovely, the size of dinner plates!  I can't wait to see them again.

Doing this painting took the wind out of my sails.  (Thinking of val  :boat: as I say that!)  :)

I must take a break from watercolor and get back to my Let's Draw course.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on May 10, 2012, 01:15:46 PM
 :2funny:  I understand Lillian ... that's why I tend to shift to and fro between the w/c and drawing/sketching. When things just seem to overwhelm, sometimes a change is as good as a rest.   ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Dham on May 10, 2012, 03:04:39 PM
absolutely beautifu Lillian. you are very talented!
Denise
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 10, 2012, 04:09:51 PM
 :thankyou: Denise.  I think it's getting easier in some ways.   :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: GailBrown on May 10, 2012, 04:34:36 PM
Lovely painting Lillian.  I love the soft fragile nature of the painting.  I agree with Dennis to leave as is.  At a later date try another with more contrast, by comparing the two approaches it will both challenge your comfort level and help you know for sure which approach best suites you.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Chrisanne on May 10, 2012, 06:05:29 PM
What lovely peonies Lillian, really beautiful it's a lovely painting. Very well done  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Maria Canino on May 10, 2012, 06:25:49 PM
Bravo Lillian  :clap: this one really shows how you have come along in your watercolor techniques O0  I purposely pulled out the reference photo, your latest peony and your original peony  put them all in a row to let my eyes do their thing :smart:

Your color  blending is super  :clap: I would even say "professional" ... the lost lines and the found lines are all where they should be (according to my eyes)  Your color choices are pleasing...  :-*  as Dennis suggested please do not retouch it.  Wish my work would progress as well as yours  :)

Maria  :painting:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 10, 2012, 08:31:24 PM
Ahhhhh, once again Maria, you are so sweetly encouraging!   :thankyou:   :1hug:

I have printed out the second photo I did of these beauties, now to meet the challenge again!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: eftpower1 on May 10, 2012, 08:32:35 PM
Lillian,

I will not gild the Peonie :-X except to echo all the well deserved praise!

AND thank you for including the color list :thankyou:

Karen,
I've been using the "tissue" lifting thing also.Your comment triggered an idea.. I'm going to try an experiment..I want to paint a St. Lawrence River scene with one of the freighters in it and I want it show the fog.  Going to try the "tissue lift"  and see if it will give me the fog impression I want, will let ya know what happens

Regards
brian
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 10, 2012, 09:29:48 PM
 :thankyou: Brian!

Good luck with the tissue trick.  I'm not sure it will give you the effect you're looking for.  The tissue will lighten any color you have put down.

Maybe we should let Dennis tell us the best way to create fog in watercolor, and/or you could google it.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Maria Canino on May 13, 2012, 10:02:26 PM
Lillian,
Congratulations on being the featured artist of the week  :clap: :clap: I sort of knew inside my head  that you were a strong contender O0 O0 My hunch was right  :clap: :clap: Your peony touched my  heart  :flowers: :smitten:
You are some artist Lillian... I have a lot to learn from you  :D

Maria  :painting:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 13, 2012, 10:22:53 PM
Wow!  Thanks, Maria.  You touch my heart!

It was to my great surprise I was mentioned in the Newsletter as I was watching Dennis moving his brush around so deftly in today's watercolor class.

Thankyou Dennis for your great teaching and for spurring me on to practice more with watercolors.  I'm loving it as I love all art, but now I know for sure I am growing and reaching new hights.

This is so encouraging!   :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on May 13, 2012, 11:23:20 PM
LIKE I SAID EARLYER LILLIAN BRAVO.  O0 O0 O0 O0
NINA  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 13, 2012, 11:48:07 PM
 :thankyou: Nina.   :1hug:  I hope your back is better soon.  Take care of yourself, ok?
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: erika on May 14, 2012, 01:36:36 AM
Well done Lillian..

Here's the rose painting I've been working on - what a mission!!  Not quite what I had in my head, but that's life ;-)


comments welcome ;-)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 14, 2012, 02:07:54 AM
Your rose painting is beautiful, Erika.  It looks quite complicated to do.  I'm sure you worked very hard on it.

Very nice!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: C.Bodine on May 14, 2012, 02:20:53 AM
Beautiful roses, Erika!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Anya on May 14, 2012, 02:39:43 AM
Wow Erica, BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Leana on May 14, 2012, 07:01:07 AM
Your rose painting is awesome Erika  :clap: :clap: :clap:  :congrats: ...you have done a super job in portraying the delicateness of the petals.  I can almost smell it  :heeha:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jennylynn on May 14, 2012, 04:40:09 PM
firstly i must congratulate lillian on making it  in the newsletter for her painting of the peonie  well done  :yippee:  and also to erica for her painting  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on May 14, 2012, 06:04:36 PM
thanks lillian for your concern. i am much better today. i am anxious to get back into painting. but have to wait till i can stand or sit. it will come. erika beautiful job on your rose.  O0
nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: erika on May 14, 2012, 08:38:36 PM
Thanks everybody for the positive comments  :) but please feel free to critique it also - I'm sure there are elements in there that call for  improvement that I miss for lack of distance or objectivity ::)  (Colour: could be stronger? Cleaner lines maybe?)

Oh Nina that sounds awful, awful, but you seem to take it in your stride, great attitude there - you're right, you need time  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on May 14, 2012, 08:40:07 PM
Erika, you have captured the technique of blending and done it very well in this painting of the rose  :clap: :clap: :clap:

The 3D effect shows up well.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: erika on May 15, 2012, 08:09:38 PM
thank you muchly Dennis  :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bhavna on May 20, 2012, 01:42:40 AM
Here is my peonies :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bhavna on May 24, 2012, 01:44:35 PM
Dennis yo missed my Peonie painting :( :(
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on May 24, 2012, 06:58:34 PM
My apologies. I have such a busy schedule that some days I do not have time to look at every post. Some days I cannot get on to the forum at all. Because of this there are others that get missed as well.

Your peony is well painted and you have done the blending nicely as well  :clap: :clap: :clap:.

The only real problem I see is not with the flower but with the water drops. Be careful in not outlining them right the way round. There should only be a half moon of darkness on the shadow side of the drop. And next to it inside of the drop should be the lightest of the colour of the flower.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 24, 2012, 11:51:48 PM
Bhavna, well done!   :clap: :clap: :clap:  You'll have perfect water drops next time.  :)

Dennis, your Paintbasket family is growing!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bhavna on May 25, 2012, 01:58:28 AM
Thanks Dennis, I know PB family is growing day by day and increasing your work too. I have to Practices water drops to make perfect one :).

Thanks Lillian
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jennylynn on May 25, 2012, 05:07:40 PM
   this is my version of the peonie did a different background to yours dennis hope that's o.k.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on May 25, 2012, 07:02:39 PM
Nice and delicate  :clap: :clap: :clap: No problem with your background at all, just the center area need a little bit more dark to it to give it depth - check against my painting. The petal separations are very clear. Well done.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 25, 2012, 11:48:41 PM
Very nice, Jennylynn!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 26, 2012, 12:03:40 AM
Dennis, you said I should paint another one, so I did. 

I tried to do as you suggested.  Was I successful?  I'm still learning and I'd really appreciate your feedback. 

These have been done on Arches 140lb Cold Press watercolor block.  When I run out of this, I'll try to get a board to stretch my paper on. 

I have lots of photos of these.  It looks like rain, so they won't last long, just have to enjoy them now.

Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: eftpower1 on May 26, 2012, 12:49:17 AM
Ladies, very well done!!

Lillian,
 When I was in "bootcamp' in the military, there was a guy who was a "green recruit" just like the rest of us.....
never could figure out he got his boots so much shinier than the rest of us,  :2funny: :2funny:

You are definitely learning,  the progress is awesome to watch

Now if I could just figure out how..............

brian

Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 26, 2012, 01:00:01 AM
You've had the training, Brian!  Just be brave and bold! 

Stop trying to shine your boots and get the paint splashing around on the paper!

We'll all improve if we keep  :painting:

This probably took me about 10 hours to do.  I did it over several days, lots of stops and starts.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Karen on May 26, 2012, 01:10:39 AM
Jennylynn, that's a lovely delicate flower and your background is clear and clean.
Lillian, your peonies are stunning. - the intensity of the colours you've managed and the light and shade on the petals is so well done - pink is hard!, You really are making amazing progress. I love the background  - the light and dark patterns and the just right reduction of detail. Great work!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 26, 2012, 01:33:33 AM
 :thankyou: Karen.

Sometimes I think I get carried away with things and find it hard to strike a balance with the darks and lights.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Gloria on May 26, 2012, 02:02:50 AM
Lillian I am so impressed by your incredible work. You are improving by leaps and bounds.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on May 26, 2012, 02:33:49 AM
Jennylynn great job
Lillian WOW WOW WOW. Love it. You can will that one to me.  :2funny: :2funny:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on May 26, 2012, 06:33:19 AM
Lillian, What can I say  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: What an improvement  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jennylynn on May 26, 2012, 08:03:07 AM
lillian!!  you really have come on in leaps and bounds what an awesome painting!  I really love it! it looks so real  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 26, 2012, 12:28:32 PM
Gloria, Nina, Jennylynn,  :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:

A very big  :thankyou: to Dennis.  Thankyou for taking time to come by.  I was wondering if this one was better or worse than the first one.  The first one does look rather pale in comparison.  The flower isn't quite as defined.

Dennis, thankyou for all the great classes and for those to come. 

You really have encouraged me to do better, and really, I'm not doing anything any different than what you showed us in the lessons. 

Painting the flower is one thing, then the background is what I find challenging.  I veered away from the photo for that and did my own thing.  I stole leaves from other peony pictures, traced them and transferred them here.  I'm really not real sure about the leaves.

I think I look at what I'm doing so long, I don't see it objectively.

Anyway,  to be honest, I am happy with my progress and so thankful to you, Dennis!

Thanks again, my Paintbasket friends for all your kind comments.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on May 26, 2012, 06:09:47 PM
 :urwelcome: As long as you do your best to copy (and understand) what I am trying to teach you all then progress has to be there.

For all the others who feel that progress is slow - don't get discouraged. Rome was not built in a day!
A building is built brick by brick and it seems a slow progress. But at the end of a hard day's work you stand back and look at it from a distance and then the full realization hits you of just how much you have progressed with the building and just how many bricks have been laid.

Of those of you who have submitted paintings in the forum - please look back and see just how far you have progressed in these past 4 months - proud of you all  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Leana on May 26, 2012, 08:02:29 PM
JennyLynn... lovely, soft and delicate  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Lillian  :heeha:  :faint:  :-X I am speechless... absolutely awesome work!!! You have certainly come a long way, your progress is most definitely noticable!  :clap: :clap: :clap: Well done  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on May 27, 2012, 11:30:07 AM
 :thankyou: Leana. 

I have Dennis to thank for my progress.  I'm looking forward to another great class today.   :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jennylynn on May 27, 2012, 02:34:39 PM
 :thankyou:  all for your lovely comments  like lillian has already said we have to thank dennis for our progress through his teaching, also looking forward to tonite's class!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on June 01, 2012, 08:45:40 PM

Well here is my practice run on another Peonie. I am still having problems with leaves. I know I can do a wash. But sometimes i want to do more detail. Need to know how to do the veins. Maybe Dennis can show how to do this.
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Honeysuckle73 on June 01, 2012, 09:50:10 PM
Jenny, Lillian and Nina, what lovely peonies.  You gals are really moving along.  The flowers are beautiful.  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Anya on June 01, 2012, 10:00:35 PM
Wow, I need to come to the watercolor section more often  :heeha:, you ladies have greated beautiful art.

Jenny, Lillian and Nina,  :clap: :clap: :clap:, beautiful!!!

Watercolor to me is the most difficult of all, so unforgiving, it really intimidates me, but I love the way it looks.

Awesome teaching Dennis :smart:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jennylynn on June 01, 2012, 10:11:21 PM
 :thankyou:  honeysuckle & anya for your lovely comments,  really enjoying these watercolour classes :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: pnewcomer1 on June 01, 2012, 11:43:23 PM
Beautiful  Nina,  :clap: :clap: :clap: I love it.

Penny
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Karen on June 01, 2012, 11:48:33 PM
Nina, that peonie is lovely. It jumps off the paper and looks real. I like the light and dark contrast in the petals and with the strong background. i think the colours are great and it's a very effective use of space. Your leaves look fine to me but if you want the veins to stand out more look at Nolan's rose leaves - i don't know if they translate to watercolour but they might.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Maria Canino on June 01, 2012, 11:57:12 PM
Nina, your Peony is adorable :flowers: Your command of color grading and blending is excellent.  :smitten:
Nothing wrong with the veins in your leaves :clap:  I admire the clean transition lines between your main subject and the dark background O0 

I have a problem keeping lines crisp and clear.   :blush:  I use frisket to protect the main subject :confused:  but the edges  are a mess when I take the frisket off... :uglystupid2: trying to soften them with a damp brush  messes up my background :tickedoff:  How do you do it?  :nosey:

Maria  :painting:




Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on June 02, 2012, 01:48:55 AM
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You can will that one to me.

Nina, I just cut you out of my will!   :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

How very beautiful!  I love your peony!    :smitten: :smitten: :smitten:  :congrats:   :clap: :clap: :clap:   

The dark background really sets it all off.  The petals are si lovely and I love the blue in the center.  What size is your paper?  I did  lot of negative painting for the stamens.  How did you accomplish yours?  Did you use a reference photo?  Or did you draw that lovely thing freehand?

I'm with you, I would really appreciate some lessons on painting leaves, how to do the shadings, veins and various shapes of leaves.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on June 02, 2012, 02:48:04 AM
Nina, you have done a awesome job on the peony  :clap: :clap: :clap: Got the 3D effect beautifully with the petals. The leaves are OK, unless you really wanted a photographical representation.

I will add leaves to the list - don't know when tho'  :whistle: -so much still to do  :sweat:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on June 02, 2012, 02:51:46 AM
Thanks for adding leaves to your future classes, Dennis.

We're really working you hard, aren't we?   :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on June 02, 2012, 02:56:45 AM
Yes, and if that is not enough - I have to go now and cut the lawn before it starts to rain again. If I don't do it now then only the giraffe will be able to look over the tops  :eek:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on June 02, 2012, 01:08:13 PM
WOW guys  :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: for all your kind words and encouraging comments.
Oh Lillian my heart is broken that you are taking me out of your will.  :2funny: :2funny: Maria, the only thing that I used frisket on was the stamen in the center. I take my time as I go around the flower. My mix was thicker, not so runny. I use a #12 round brush with a fine point on the end. I got it at Hobby Lobby. brand is Master touch. I make sure that the flower was totally dry. I do small sections at a time. I DO NOT GO BACK IN. I let it dry.
In other words I took my time.
I understand where you are coming from. Like Dennis says it takes time and practice. But once you get it. YOU WILL BE THRILLED. I had almost decided to quit watercolor. Till I did this painting. Thats when I got excited. I think I will like this better than acrylics or oils. I like the challenge of controling it. To see what is going to come out at the end. Lillian I got it from a photo. My Peonie were lousy this year.
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Rkymtnmary on June 02, 2012, 04:41:41 PM
Wow, Nina...that is BEAUTIFUL!  It's executed wonderfully and it has a kind of attitude if that makes sense which I love!  And thank you for the brush tip...now I can justify a shopping trip!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on June 02, 2012, 05:17:05 PM
Lillian, Sorry I did not see your questions. It is an 8x10. To do the stamen I masked off the areas. I did leave some openings to add color throughout. When I got done with the peonie, then I took masking off then added the yellows and violets.
Nina  :flowers:

Thank you Mary much appreciated.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on June 02, 2012, 05:43:54 PM
Totally awesome, Nina!

I have an inquisitive mind.  Did you thin your masking fluid?  I've never done that and if you did, it worked well for you and I'd like to know what proportion water to m.f. you used.

If not, how in the world did you apply it in such a fine manner?  Mine always ends up as thicker lines.

Thanks for sharing your techniques.  I have some good brushes that come to a point, so important.

Also, you made a good point--
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I do small sections at a time. I DO NOT GO BACK IN.

We need to let it dry first.  As I said before, I keep talking to myself when I do watercolor and keep saying, "Wait, wait, wait!!!"   :)

Now you're hooked on watercolor!  I know that feeling.

I love all the mediums, don't know which I like best but it's good when we have a feeling that we've conquered this one, at least to some degree. 
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Tony (ASM) on June 02, 2012, 05:49:21 PM
Whoah! Nina, that is great! The detail in the centre is awesome.  O0
Congratulations!  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: GailBrown on June 02, 2012, 05:59:53 PM
Nina you have outdone yourself.  No reason to touch it any more, absolutely perfect the way it is. 
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on June 02, 2012, 06:28:44 PM
Sorry to disappoint you Lillian, but I did not thin my masking fluid down. I just used the tip of my brush [very little brush] on that part. And thats what I ended up with. Just remember less is more. don't fill it all in. You will get it. :1hug:

Thanks Gail and Tony.
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on June 02, 2012, 08:38:08 PM
Nina,  O0  Thanks for answering my question.  I need to work on that.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: eftpower1 on June 02, 2012, 09:40:41 PM
Nina,

Powerful !

 :thankyou:

Brian
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on June 03, 2012, 03:21:15 AM
 :thankyou: Tony,  :thankyou: Gailbrown,  :thankyou: Brian. Its much appreciated.  :hug:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Harald on June 03, 2012, 06:57:59 AM
Nina, I`m impressed.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: C.Bodine on June 03, 2012, 12:57:28 PM
Nina, your peony is one beautiful piece of art!!! Amazing!  I am very envious!!!!!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on June 03, 2012, 01:26:04 PM
 :thankyou: Harald,  :thankyou: C.B I appreciate it.
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Gloria on June 03, 2012, 03:45:46 PM
Nina your peony is incredible. Tried to post a comment before but it wouldnt go.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on June 03, 2012, 07:39:03 PM
 :thankyou: Gloria. I am glad everybody liked it.
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on June 10, 2012, 03:43:20 PM
I had to go so far back to catch up this thread I've forgotten all the names!   :D  Well done everyone.   :clap:   :clap:

Nina ... I believe I gave you a little 'nudge' a while back when you mentioned quitting. After seeing this last painting, next time you get the bat   :knuppel2:  and the full boot !   >:D   :2funny:   :clap:   :clap:  Brilliant!   :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: ImBatman on July 20, 2012, 10:16:39 PM
Hi everyone,

Here is my Peony flower. Let me know what you think.

Batman.

Peony Flower
Peony Flower
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on July 20, 2012, 10:40:39 PM
Batman, you did very well painting the peonie.  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Just one thing I can suggest is that you carefully lift out some color on the stem to give some highlights.

Check the reference photo first though and please wait for Dennis to come by before you do anything.

You are coming along beautifully with the watercolor exercises!  I hope you are enjoying it.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: C.Bodine on July 20, 2012, 11:07:31 PM
Batman, I can't believe how fast you are moving! :o Great job on the peonie!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Honeysuckle73 on July 21, 2012, 12:55:35 AM
  :clap:  :clap: Great job on the peonie batman, I have peonies growing in my front yard. They are so beautiful and delicate. I have red, pink and white.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: polliwag on July 21, 2012, 01:00:52 AM
I really like all of the peonies..Karen, Harold, Nina.  They are each somewhat different but all very nice. O0
...and Erika, I have a problem with my paper buckling as well.  I've always thought maybe I use too much water, but sometimes it seems to buckle anyway.  I use Arches 140#.  ?? :confused:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: ImBatman on July 21, 2012, 02:17:25 AM
Thanks everyone

I'll readdress the highlights. There is one there, but probably not quite light enough. And the scanner I bought seems to have troubles with browns for some reason. Sometimes they come out too red, other times it doesn't pick up shadows properly, other times highlights. Seems to be what is surrounding causes different issues with the browns. Oh well, at least it scans the important parts well enough.

As to buckling, I watched the paper stretching tute a while ago and have been stretching ever since and haven't have one problem with buckling, might want to look into that one polliwag.

C.Bodine, it helps when you are an insomniac and are going through a patch of coming completely awake and unable to get back to sleep at 2am...  :uglystupid2:

Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: polliwag on July 21, 2012, 03:02:51 AM
Thanks, Batman.  Is there a particular kind of stretcher that you prefer?  I have looked at some on line, but am not sure which kind would be better.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: polliwag on July 21, 2012, 03:07:31 AM
Great peonie, Batman.. and everyone else too.. I think I have already told most of you!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: ImBatman on July 21, 2012, 03:44:44 AM
polliwag,

I just do it the way Dennis shows in the Paper Stretching tutorial - by taping with water gummed tape straight onto the sloping board I use. The tape was about AUD$6.50 per 50m roll. Cheap as chips compared to those stretchers.

My board was a DIY job an poly coated, so I have found I don't need to cut the painting off as Dennis does, the gummed tape peels off nice and smooth and I then trim the edges of the tape off back to the paper edge afterwards.

The paper stays completely flat and certainly is more manageble when painting and looks better after completion.

Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: polliwag on July 21, 2012, 04:23:18 AM
I have also thougt about doing that, but I can't seem to remember to get the gummed tape.  I need to write it on my shopping list.
Thanks again!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on July 24, 2012, 11:03:36 PM
Well done Bman!   :clap:   :clap:  nice colouring, and I like your background.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: ImBatman on July 25, 2012, 01:43:51 AM
Thanks Val

I was really happy with the way it turned out too.

Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: eftpower1 on July 30, 2012, 03:46:23 AM
Batman.

i love the way your flower 'POPS right out. The variations in tone and color in  the flower are fascinating , it hold my interest, i want to stay with the painting

Brian
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: ImBatman on July 30, 2012, 09:37:04 AM
Thanks Brian

I can feel myself improving.

Batman,
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pamela Meredith on August 03, 2012, 01:42:53 AM
hi I painted a rose using the lesson to do my own work 
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on August 03, 2012, 01:46:09 AM
Beautiful, Pamela!   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

I'm glad you're back to  :painting: again.  You must be enjoying yourself, making up for lost time.   :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on August 03, 2012, 03:02:09 AM
Batman and Pamela, great job on your flowers.  O0 O0 O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on August 03, 2012, 04:58:33 AM
Pamela, now that's what these lessons are all about - teaching techniques that you can eventually use in paintings of your own. Very good to see this happening  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pamela Meredith on August 03, 2012, 06:55:15 AM
thank you Dennis
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: C.Bodine on August 03, 2012, 12:10:12 PM
Lovely flower, Pamela!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on August 03, 2012, 06:41:32 PM
Beautiful rose Pamela   :clap:  Well formed and can see where you have followed the techniques...very successfully I might add.   O0   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: eftpower1 on August 06, 2012, 12:42:32 AM
I like the blending of the flower color...not sure I expressed that correctly,

Brian
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pamela Meredith on August 06, 2012, 04:03:23 AM
thank you to all the lovely comments  :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pamela Meredith on October 24, 2012, 08:11:18 AM
this is my first attempt at a peonie  I forgot the water drop I will put it in later
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: C.Bodine on October 24, 2012, 03:01:49 PM
Lovely flower! Ilove the background! O0
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: pnewcomer1 on October 24, 2012, 05:05:22 PM
Awesome job Pamela
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Penny
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pamela Meredith on October 24, 2012, 09:37:26 PM
 :thankyou: Val,C. Bodine, and pnewcomer1
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: ncwren on October 25, 2012, 01:32:35 AM
Really pretty flower Pamela!  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pamela Meredith on October 25, 2012, 08:33:03 AM
 :thankyou: ncwren
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on October 25, 2012, 10:36:58 AM
Your peony is beautiful, Pamela.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pamela Meredith on October 26, 2012, 08:37:15 AM
 :thankyou: Lillian
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: eftpower1 on October 26, 2012, 01:26:26 PM
Pamela.
I like the "gentle" blending in the background

Brian
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pamela Meredith on October 27, 2012, 09:18:46 AM
 :thankyou: Brian
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: njnjgirl on November 24, 2012, 09:47:57 PM
I just got this lesson and caught up with everyone else on here.  Amazing peonie paintings and excellent work everyone.  Here is my attempt:
 
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: lynn p. on November 24, 2012, 10:51:57 PM
This is such a pretty, delicate painting.  Love the shade of pink :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sarah (arch) on November 24, 2012, 10:55:22 PM
This is so very pretty. love the shading in the stem, and the background really suggests the presence of other leaves and growth. :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Happychappy on November 24, 2012, 11:55:17 PM
njnjgirl, a lovely painting of the peonie.  I looked at the peonie but I was betwixt and between as to what lessons I should purchase on the sale.  Because I am so far behind and need so much, I went for the pen/ink wash and a few others to try and catch up but my pension can only stretch so far. Patricia 
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: njnjgirl on November 25, 2012, 11:23:07 AM
Thank you  :thankyou:  Patricia, Sarah and Lynn.  Makes me feel happy that you like it.  Patricia, the pen and ink wash is such fun you will really enjoy it. 
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on November 25, 2012, 02:04:11 PM
Very nice work on the peony  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: C.Bodine on November 25, 2012, 02:10:13 PM
njnjgirl, I really like the colors in your painting! Very pretty flower! :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Happychappy on November 25, 2012, 02:29:43 PM
njnjgirl, I am looking so forward to the pen and ink lessons and the others which I have purchased and will start this week hopefully.  Thanks for the encouragement.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: ncwren on November 25, 2012, 06:17:16 PM
It's lovely Mary Lou!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: njnjgirl on November 25, 2012, 07:33:37 PM
 :thankyou:  Natalie, Christina, Val and Patricia...I sure appreciate the nice words.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: polliwag on November 29, 2012, 01:20:22 AM
Beautiful Peony, MaryLou! :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on December 03, 2012, 04:57:29 PM
This was a killer!  :faint: After fighting with the internet for 8 hours, this is as far as I got before I called it done. I'm not sure if it's completely finished but I called it quits after the ant!  ;D

A few paint difficulties....W&N ultramarine blue & cadmium orange make green-not brown, without a doubt. Something to remember for anyone else who runs into the same difficulty. My cad. red is a bit low so I used ultramarine blue & burnt umber. Worked fine. Used burnt sienna for the highlight.

Anyway, here it is......  :eyesclosed:

Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: ImBatman on December 03, 2012, 05:12:39 PM
That Peonie stands out magnificently against your background Val.

Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: lynn p. on December 03, 2012, 05:40:04 PM
Val-This is a true beauty.  One of my favorites you have done. The pink looks great against the background.  You are really plowing through those lessons :sweat:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sarah (arch) on December 03, 2012, 05:43:49 PM
Gorgeous, Val. :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Denise808 on December 03, 2012, 06:06:00 PM
Val! this is sooo very pretty. I wouldn't have imagined you had difficulties with it. Backgound is awesome. Flower is awesome.
I've been wanting to do this flower since I joined PB but holding myself back from skipping lessons. Seeing this makes it even harder to wait! Thanks for the tips on the colors, it will probably save some frustration when I get to it.
Again, so very pretty, be happy with it  :smitten:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bhavna on December 03, 2012, 06:18:40 PM
Beautiful Val  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: SunRai on December 03, 2012, 07:00:45 PM
Just beautiful, Val!  The colors are perfect, even if you did struggle, it doesn't show!  And, the background is so pretty.  I really do love it.  Now I can hardly wait to get to this one! I keep skipping all over the place, but am trying to go back and do some of the earlier lessons.  I can hardly wait to do the Peonie, but you've set a high bar here!!   :congrats:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: polliwag on December 03, 2012, 10:01:17 PM
Val, excellent work.  Love the background! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Happychappy on December 03, 2012, 10:36:20 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:  Val your Peonie painting is absolutely BEAUTIFUL.  I just love the brilliance of it.  My word, I am stunned!!!  Congratulations.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on December 04, 2012, 01:29:02 AM
Val, Brilliant  :clap: :clap: :clap: You are starting to outdo yourself  O0   Carry on, McDuff.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: ncwren on December 04, 2012, 03:23:26 AM
It's beautiful Val!  :smitten:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on December 04, 2012, 10:34:31 AM
I need a moment to take this all in ... Thank you, every one of you. I'm a little awestruck with the responses.  :eek:   To think I almost binned this after the background went wonky  :faint:

{”Creativity is allowing yourselves to make mistakes. Work on knowing which ones to keep!”
- Alvaro Castagnet}

I think I'm finally learning which mistakes to keep  ::) so many to choose from!  ;D

A very smart person once said to me, "Don't panic, let it dry." I've heard it more than a few times since then as well. Turns out they might be right!  :heeha:

Dennis, you had me in tears this morning  :'( and all it took was, "Carry on, McDuff." I laughed 'til I cried  :2funny:    :'( ;D
 
Val, Brilliant  :clap: :clap: :clap: You are starting to outdo yourself  O0   Carry on, McDuff.

Thank you for having the patience to nudge me along and keep my dreams alive. I couldn't have gotten this far without your unflagging faith in me. Get ready! You're getting it all!  :1hug: :-*    :flowers:
I just hope you realize what you have done...  :knuppel2: ... you're stuck with me for another year!  >:D :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: njnjgirl on December 14, 2012, 01:04:34 PM
Your peony pops right out of the painting!  Beautiful..Love it...!!!! Very nice work. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on December 14, 2012, 05:13:48 PM
Val, it's truly the best!   :clap: :clap: :clap: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:    :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Denise808 on December 19, 2012, 09:19:36 PM
Adding my Peonie to the bunch...
This sure was a lesson in blending :o Another great class Dennis, thank you...
I need to practice the waterdrops before adding it on. My first couple tries looked like smashed raisins ??? :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on December 19, 2012, 09:34:12 PM
 :clap: :clap: Well done Denise! It definately was a blender of sorts! Beautiful job.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sarah (arch) on December 19, 2012, 09:41:43 PM
Your peony has a real brilliance to it.  :cheering: :cheering: Well done! Raisins? Hmmmmm. Not the best look. Good choice to practice them separately. I'm not sure it's needed, excep it would be a good skill to have for future projects.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Denise808 on December 19, 2012, 10:08:39 PM
Thank you Val and Sarah! :)
 
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on December 19, 2012, 10:22:00 PM
Nice and bright flower!  Well done!!!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: polliwag on December 20, 2012, 03:43:23 AM
Great job, Denise... I love your vivid colors! :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jennylynn on December 20, 2012, 04:05:17 PM
val & denise brilliant job on your peonies O0   they are both awesome :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Denise808 on December 20, 2012, 05:49:03 PM
Lillian :thankyou: , Dianne :thankyou: and Jennylynn :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: thebryce on February 06, 2013, 05:31:07 AM
(http://www.paintbasket.com/members/MGalleryItem.php?id=7204)
 
This was a mean project for me.  It took four trys just to get the 3d look.  I dont even have the water drops that would take this to the next level.  I need some thoughts here, ya'all!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on February 06, 2013, 09:02:19 AM
Thebryce, what you have done is very nice as far as techniques go :clap: :clap: :clap: What bothers me is that you have gone much too dark in the sunshine areas.

Taker a look at the original and see if you can lift out to match the lighter areas. That will make a tremendous improvement. Keep it up as I see improvement over some of your previous work. O0
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: polliwag on February 06, 2013, 12:22:34 PM
I agree with Dennis about the light; however, as he said, you have made a tremendous improvement.  You are just moving right along!  Great job! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: ncwren on February 06, 2013, 12:59:48 PM
Gorgeous background Bryce! It's a lovely painting even without the highlight areas.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bev S. on February 06, 2013, 01:03:15 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: It looks as if you have put your heart & soul into this painting Bryce, and you should be proud of what you have done! O0 O0
 
I do agree with Dennis, and think that with just a little more you can go from great to terriffic! Good job, congratulations!! :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bhavna on February 06, 2013, 03:04:53 PM
Awesome Job Denise O0
Bryce yo did very good job just implement the suggestion given by Dennis and other members.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sarah (arch) on February 06, 2013, 03:07:57 PM
The detail in your painting is mind boggling Bryce!!  You are painting as you draw. This was a good result.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Denise808 on February 07, 2013, 03:21:56 AM
Wow Bryce, all that art practice at work is paying off! ::)
 
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on February 07, 2013, 06:11:14 PM
Wow Bryce, all that art practice at work is paying off! ::)
 
:2funny:   I just love someone who can get their priorities straight!  :2funny:
You've really made some inroads with this one Bryce. Just those few tweaks to brighten it up a bit and it will be outstanding.  O0   :clap:   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: globe4 on April 28, 2013, 12:32:36 PM
My peony
Critics and suggestions are very welcome  ;)
Really enjoyed this class, I think I will draw more of those and give them to my friends :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on April 28, 2013, 01:16:33 PM
Beautiful work Tanya, great blending.  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: globe4 on April 28, 2013, 01:40:11 PM
Thank you :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: polliwag on April 28, 2013, 01:55:30 PM
Oh yeah, Tanya!  I like this one! :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Denise808 on April 28, 2013, 04:59:42 PM
Beautiful job Tanya :clap: :clap: :clap: and how lucky your friends are!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: globe4 on April 28, 2013, 05:06:59 PM
Thank you, Dianne and Denise :)
Actually, I have a friend whose name is Peony, I thought it would be neat to give her this picture :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Denise808 on April 28, 2013, 05:07:50 PM
ahh, how sweet :smitten:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: polliwag on April 28, 2013, 07:09:20 PM
What a wonderful thing to do... I'm sure she will adore it!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on April 29, 2013, 01:00:16 AM
Nice to see you're keeping those paint brushes wet, Tanya.   O0
Your flower paintings are lovely.   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: globe4 on April 29, 2013, 08:15:38 AM
Thank you so much for your support, ladies :flowers: It's very important for me  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Happychappy on May 02, 2013, 12:12:49 PM
 O0 O0 O0  Wow Tanya, Your peonie is absolutely stunning.  Good for you.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: globe4 on May 03, 2013, 11:47:24 AM
Thank you, Patricia  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bev S. on May 03, 2013, 12:11:21 PM
 :twothumbs: Great work Tanya. . . one of the best I've seen so far!
I definitely think your friends would appreciate a beautiful painting like this!
 Keep on painting girl, you are doing great! :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on May 03, 2013, 04:59:58 PM
Very nice painting, Tanya :clap: :clap: :clap: Keep it up O0
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: globe4 on May 03, 2013, 09:13:09 PM
Aw, thank you so much, Roxy and Dennis  :blush:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: ncwren on May 03, 2013, 11:51:51 PM
It's beautiful Tanya!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: scribe on June 03, 2013, 06:59:27 PM
FYI - I just started painting this today and ran into the green instead of brown problem. :tickedoff: I was using Cotman (Yes, I know I shouldn't, but my Mother always said waste not want not, so...I'll use it up.) ::) I have ordered a new good quality Cadmium Orange ( American Journey). I pulled it out and it immediately went to brown. ;D

The pigments listed on the tube are PY37 and PR108.

Thought you might like to know.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on June 03, 2013, 07:02:11 PM
Nicely done Tanya.  O0 O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on June 03, 2013, 09:17:35 PM
FYI - I just started painting this today and ran into the green instead of brown problem. :tickedoff: I was using Cotman (Yes, I know I shouldn't, but my Mother always said waste not want not, so...I'll use it up.) ::) I have ordered a new good quality Cadmium Orange ( American Journey). I pulled it out and it immediately went to brown. ;D

The pigments listed on the tube are PY37 and PR108.

Thought you might like to know.

There is nothing wrong with Cotman paints....you just have to get used to the different variations in colours and mixing. I've been using them for the past 5 1/2 months. I normally us the W&N Artist grade. Even though made by the same manufacturer, the difference in colour is definately apparent.
When using different brands, be aware that even though a pigment may have the same name...the colour may not be. So when mixing colours along with Dennis you may not get the same result!  :D
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: scribe on June 03, 2013, 11:40:44 PM
Val, I agree that W/N paints are good.  O0 For years I have used their gouache to do lettering. I just wanted others to know about this, so they wouldn't be surprised if it happened to them.

Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: scribe on June 12, 2013, 07:31:30 PM
I have been fiddling with this for almost a week and finally decided enough was enough. :doh: I like what happened and really enjoyed this lesson. While my peonies were blooming, I went out and took pictures for my files. I definitely will do more of these lovely plants.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on June 12, 2013, 10:17:06 PM
Beautiful Job. Excellent blending.  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jrhall036 on June 12, 2013, 11:19:52 PM
Scribe, yet another gorgeous painting!  :clap: :clap: :clap: It makes me very anxious to get to this point in my lessons. Truly, well done!! :cheering:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Denise808 on June 12, 2013, 11:35:17 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: VERY beautiful! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Happychappy on June 13, 2013, 12:25:37 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wow Scribe, your peonie is outstanding to say the least.  My word, you have done a fabulous job of which you can be so very proud.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: doina on June 13, 2013, 12:36:14 AM
This work is beautiful! Congratulation  :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: Doina
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on June 16, 2013, 06:18:01 PM
Wow!  Nice work, Scribe.   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Tania on June 16, 2013, 07:03:20 PM
Scribe - Beautiful!  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on June 16, 2013, 11:04:25 PM
Wow Scribe. NICE job!!! Love your background.  O0 O0 :clap: :clap:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on June 17, 2013, 02:04:57 AM
Awesome painting, Scribe  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pebble on June 17, 2013, 05:58:31 AM
Beautiful Peonie Scribe.  I'm just about to start this one, I hope it turns out as well as yours.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: njnjgirl on June 19, 2013, 12:20:49 PM
Scribe, each petal stands out so well and the color is lovely! Very well done! O0 O0
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pebble on June 23, 2013, 07:48:42 PM
Well here's my attempt at a peonie flower, it was good fun even though I think I've got some of my highlights and shadows a bit mixed up.   :confused:

Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: MaryAnne Long on June 23, 2013, 07:55:14 PM
Lovely peony, pebble.  Nice background, too.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on June 24, 2013, 02:58:18 AM
Pebble, it is still a super job :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Happychappy on June 24, 2013, 12:20:50 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Pebble, an absolutely beautiful Peonie.  Good for you.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Denise808 on June 24, 2013, 06:29:32 PM
Beautiful Pebble!, the background is lovely too ....
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pebble on June 25, 2013, 07:08:30 AM
Denise, Patricia and Mea  :thankyou: so much for your comments you are all very kind.  Dennis, you've made my day I really thought I'd messed up with the shading  :1hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jrhall036 on June 25, 2013, 02:02:44 PM
I love your painting, Pebble!  :congrats:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pebble on June 25, 2013, 04:29:59 PM
 :thankyou: Jani
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Tousabella on June 25, 2013, 06:34:59 PM
Terrific job!!  Get a frame around it and hang it. It's beautiful.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: BeaSue on June 25, 2013, 08:23:00 PM
Wow! Scribe and Pebble, these are lovely peonies! Great job!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on June 26, 2013, 12:32:05 AM
Pebble nice job on your Peonie.  O0 O0 :clap: :clap:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on June 26, 2013, 01:47:23 AM
 O0   Nice peonie, Pebble.   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: njnjgirl on June 26, 2013, 10:08:56 AM
Very pretty peony Pebble. You can be proud of this one.   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pebble on June 26, 2013, 02:29:21 PM
 :thankyou: so mch Retta, Susan, Nina, Lillian and Mary Lou for your kind comments they are very encouraging   :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on June 28, 2013, 09:19:32 PM
Pebble, to figure out where you mixed up your lights and darks would take a major study for me!  ;D It looks just lovely.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 05, 2013, 01:54:34 AM

Happy 4th of July to those that celebrate!
 
I thought this painting was going to be a lot easier to do than it was! I do like my background, but I'm not as fond of my peonie...this is definitely going to be a do over!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jrhall036 on July 05, 2013, 01:57:49 AM
What is it that needs to be done over, Sharon?  :confused: It's BEAUTIFUL!!!  I love it!!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 05, 2013, 02:05:50 AM
Thanks, Jani - but I don't think I got the shading correct - and a few hard lines that needed to be softer...oh well, we're always our own harshest critics!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Denise808 on July 05, 2013, 03:27:36 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Sharon, I LOVE!!! the entire background with the leaves coming forward - the slight pink you added is gorgeous too.
 
Your flower is beautifully done also and my eyes were not drawn to the "few hard lines" (I had to look for it after I read it  ;) ) And the shading? looks all good to me! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: sunitarao on July 05, 2013, 05:08:27 AM
Sharon/Sacgal,

I just love the painting, you have done the background so well. It looks so natural.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Happychappy on July 05, 2013, 11:33:05 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Sharon, don't touch it, it is BEAUTIFUL.  A very good job.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 05, 2013, 06:31:08 PM
You guys make me feel so good - so OK, I'll leave it as is!  Thanks! Sharon
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jrhall036 on July 28, 2013, 08:24:07 PM
I definitely need to work on getting my colors more brilliant. I don't know what I'm doing wrong.  No matter how little water I use, I still cannot get those brilliant colors that everyone here is able to achieve.  It's so frustrating.  I even had someone say to me the other day that he liked the pastel colors I used on all of my paintings---but I'm not using pastel colors!!!  Anyone have any suggestions?  :help:


Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on July 28, 2013, 08:30:06 PM
Jani, what paints are you using? Would you take a little scrap of w/c paper, and just put a couple of patches of the colours you used in the painting? Only use enough water to get the paint straight from the pan/tube. Post that for us and perhaps we can see what's happening.
Also, what paper are you using? Sounds a bit like it might possibly be like that one lot of paper I got. It just kept soaking in the colours.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on July 28, 2013, 08:35:05 PM
Jani, an excellent painting with good shading :clap: :clap: :clap: Be careful of the water drops - you have dark all around whereas there should only be a small crescent shadow.

The brilliance of the colours is a function of the different make and mixes.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on July 28, 2013, 08:57:55 PM
Sharon Beautiful job on your Peonie.  O0 O0 :clap: :clap:
Jani yours is very soft. I like it.  O0 :clap: :clap:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 28, 2013, 09:18:16 PM
Thanks, Nina.

Jani - I know when I upgraded from student to artist paints, it changed everything about the vividness of my colors...your peonie is lovely as is!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Harald on July 28, 2013, 09:40:32 PM
Hi Jani. I think your picture is very nice with lovely subtle tones.
Brilliance or saturation can depend on the paper, the color quality, or usually the way the color are mixed.
If you use most transparent colors the light will penetrate into the paper and create a viberation and a high saturation.
You as often have the higest saturation Direct from the tube and the fewer colors mixed together in the same soap is also helping to create high saturation.
If you want to investigate more Jane Dobie, a great artist from the US, has written a book: MAKING COLOR SING. Where by the way several of the designs are from Norge.
Best of Luck- Harald
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: thebryce on July 28, 2013, 10:30:42 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/971869_10200278768834748_1737109062_n.jpg)

I thought I would give the old lesson another try.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on July 28, 2013, 11:32:40 PM
I really like this one Bryce. It has an easy fresh looseness to it. Great work  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jrhall036 on July 28, 2013, 11:44:26 PM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: so much for all your help everyone, as well as all the nice compliments. Y'all have given me such great information and advice.  About the grade of paints, how can I tell if I am using student grade or artist grade paints?  I am using Cotman by Winsor and Newton, Van Gogh, and Dawler Rowney (but the tube doesn't say "Aquafine," like Dennis's does).  Are these student grade?  The only w/c paper I can purchase in the remote area where I live is made by Canson (140 lb).  I've heard that Canson paper is terrible to use, but I suppose I'll need to order some better paper from Dick Blick, or another online company, since this may be part of my problem. 

Val, I'm sorry that I can't post paint samples. I am a clean freak, and I always clean up my studio after I finish a painting. I wish I would have read your post before I took to cleaning everything. I'm sure you would have been able to figure things out for me.  You and your magnifying glass!!!!  I depend on that, you know!!  ;D

 :thankyou: Harald for the great information!!!   :1hug: I will definitely check out Jane Dobie's book!  I've always loved your color choices, so if you advise I get the book, I certainly will! 

 :thankyou: once again, everyone.  I am so lucky to have found Paint Basket---as well as all of you!!

Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jrhall036 on July 28, 2013, 11:46:34 PM
Beautiful peony, Bryce!   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: I strive to obtain the same style you seem to have naturally!  Great job!!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: doina on July 28, 2013, 11:51:06 PM
This is a beautiful painting. Congratulations, Doina
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Denise808 on July 29, 2013, 12:25:33 AM
Jani, beautiful peony, it's lovely. I understand you want more vivid colors but for this flower, the outcome is very lovely! :clap: :clap: :clap:
 
Bryce, really like this look for your peony -- washy, loose and still bold :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: thebryce on July 29, 2013, 12:43:21 AM
jrhall036,
Concerning paper: Canson paper is fine paper if you do not fiddle. My art pad below is the Canson Mixed media 98lb/160gsm and is ok for giggles if you journal, but 98lb will curl. For Canson you need 140lb + if you can find it.   If you like to scrape and lift water color then the sizing on the popular Canson Blue  140lb/300gsm paper pads wear off fast.  You get 2 shots to fix a spot but probably not 3.  If you like/need to fiddle and or often lift paint and are on a budget you should get the Yellow pad 300 series Strathmore.  You can wash the heck out that stuff! I have soaked it like a rag and had it come back to life. The 400 series is more durable but the yellow has been good to me. I hope that info helps.

 
Disclaimer: "I barley know what I am doing"
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Lillian on July 29, 2013, 12:47:00 AM
Sharon, I missed your beautiful peonie you posted back on the 4th of July!  Well done!   :clap: :clap: :clap:


Janie, you've done a very nice job on your peonie, nothing to be ashamed of.  Artist quality paints make all the difference.  You've been given very good advice here.  Isn't Paintbasket wonderful???!!!  :flowers:


Bryce, I really like your loose rendition of the peonie.  Also seeing it pictured on your worktable is awesome.
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on July 29, 2013, 01:54:28 AM
Jani, I was using Cotman while up in Canada. You should be able to get bright, bold colours from them. My gondolas, blue gum tree, turtle...basically everything since January was done with Cotman paints on the Cotman 140# paper (blocks).
Yep, everything in my gallery from Dec. 2012 up to July 1st 2013 was done with Cotman.
Might just be you need a better grade of paper if you're sure that dilution is not the problem.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jrhall036 on July 29, 2013, 12:34:03 PM
 :thankyou: Bryce!  I do fiddle far too much.  I try not to do it, but sometimes I just can't help myself.  ::) I think I'll try some better paper instead of the Canson blue.  Strathmore yellow series, you say?  I'll give it a go!

 :thankyou: Lillian for your nice compliment!  I'm trying to get bolder colors because I think my paintings look like they've been aged or something, even though they're brand new. It would also be kinda cool to investigate how one splash of color amid all the muted colors could draw attention to a subject. If I can't get the vivid colors, I won't be able to try this out. I guess I'll just have to keep working at it.  :)

 :thankyou: Val!  I can't say for sure that my color mixing/dilution isn't part of the problem at all.  :whistle: But what I can say is that sometimes my paints don't dilute all the way in the water. There are pieces of paint floating around in the water mix sometimes.  What I've begun to do is take a little bit of the color, smear it on my palette, and then add water little by little until I get the right consistency. That works OK until I have to mix 2 or more colors together or when I'm doing big washes. I think that I might have old paint, in addition to cheap paper. I'll use up the paint I already have, I suppose, and then make the long drive to Memphis to get some better paints from the local art center there. That way I can try out the paints before I buy them. Keep your fingers crossed for me, OK?   :1hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: lynn p. on July 29, 2013, 12:56:23 PM
Wow, Have missed so many of these peonies!!! Sharon, I love your background and how the flower just pops.  Jani I actually like the soft blending.  Hope you figured out how to get the intensity you want.  Bryce, What a lovely job!!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on July 29, 2013, 01:24:10 PM
Very odd, I wish you the best of luck and hope you find a suitable solution. (pun or no pun?  :whistle: )  ::)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on August 01, 2013, 03:02:44 PM
Bryce, I really like this one. Great job.  O0 O0 O0 :clap:
Nina
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: cyril on August 18, 2013, 05:53:55 AM
Hi
  :D


   :D
   cyril
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on August 18, 2013, 06:02:52 AM
Thebryce, it seems like I missed your second try - well done - looks good :clap: :clap: :clap:

Cyril, your flower is nice and bright with good shading :clap: :clap: :clap: and the water drops O0
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 18, 2013, 06:26:33 AM
Lovely peony, Cyril.  I especially like your water drops.  I have yet to master those.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jrhall036 on August 18, 2013, 12:27:19 PM
Cyril, I can see such improvement in your painting technique with this painting!   :clap: :clap: :clap: Great job overall, and especially for those raindrops! 
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on August 18, 2013, 01:34:25 PM
Well done Cyril  :clap: :clap: :clap: would you care to give a few pointers on your water drops? I still, shall we say, have 'issues' when painting them.  :D
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: cyril on August 19, 2013, 05:34:08 PM
 :thankyou: dennis , val , jani , mea for the comments

  Hi Val - i used the  aquafine daler rowney brush  ( A85 round) to do water drop. :D ...would suggest do some few tests before doing it on actual painting .... :D  :D
       
   :D
  regards
  Cyril
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on August 19, 2013, 06:53:34 PM
Thanks Cyril. I'll have a look and see how it compares with what I'm using. Waterdrops and cornrows...the bain of my existence!  ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on August 19, 2013, 07:00:54 PM
Cyril, beautiful job.  O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bryndis Sigfusson on March 14, 2014, 01:25:34 PM
I learned a lot from painting the peonie. I liked to Paint wet and wet, but had some trouble With the ultramarine blue :sweat:. But the background looked better after I had painted the flower and som leaves :)


Bryndis
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on March 14, 2014, 01:58:48 PM
Very nice Bryndis. Good colourings, and nice shadings.  O0 Coming on strong  :heeha: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: MaryAnne Long on March 14, 2014, 03:39:19 PM
Bryndis,

Lovely peony.  I like the background.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 14, 2014, 04:45:38 PM
Well done, Bryndis - of all the flowers we painted I have to say this was my favorite one and you've done nice job...
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bryndis Sigfusson on March 14, 2014, 05:58:51 PM
Thank you all for encouraging comments.  :flowers:


Bryndis
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on March 14, 2014, 07:47:11 PM
Another excellent painting from you, Bryndis :clap: :clap: :clap:  Remember that Ultramarine Blue is granulated and will show up on rough paper - that is normal O0  Very nice water drops as well.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Happychappy on March 14, 2014, 10:54:47 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Bryndis, you have done a great job on the Peonie.   Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Denise808 on March 15, 2014, 02:23:12 AM
Very nice Bryndis! The faint details of the branches/leaves in the background add a nice touch too.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: richkay on April 30, 2014, 05:45:31 PM
My peonie.  I think my blending is ok but have lost the 3D effect.  Comments please.

Kay
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: thebryce on April 30, 2014, 07:20:33 PM
I love your background. Nice picture overall.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Ai Ke on July 06, 2014, 01:45:55 PM
Hi there,

Unlike the magnolia, I really liked  :painting: this one - isn't it weird? And the results of all the other people are so different and all beautiful in my opinion!   :smitten:

Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: cyril on July 06, 2014, 04:14:46 PM
Beautiful Ai ke .. :clap:  :clap: you are  a great colourist.....
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Danielle123 on July 06, 2014, 06:05:28 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: An other beautiful painting Ai Ke,  nice and soft looking.     :whistle:no water drops,  :D ;D
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Bryndis and Kay also some beautiful painting , nice water drops Bryndis
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: ncwren on July 06, 2014, 06:36:51 PM
Really pretty Ai Ke-one of my favorite lessons!  :smitten:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: forest friends on July 06, 2014, 08:51:29 PM
Your painting is so beautiful! So delicate! It inspires me to watch the lesson too! :clap: .
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Danielle123 on July 28, 2014, 12:33:45 AM
Here is my peonie randition
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Tousabella on July 28, 2014, 12:44:28 AM
Each is so very beautiful....and so different. Artist's license is wonderful!  LOL  They are so lovely and you each did such a great job.  :clap:    :clap:     :clap:    :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: MaryAnne Long on July 28, 2014, 12:47:46 AM
Danielle,

Your peony is beautiful.  Not sure about the color of those leaves, though -- do they belong to the peony bush?

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: ncwren on July 28, 2014, 01:01:20 AM
It's beautiful Danielle!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on July 28, 2014, 05:09:31 AM
Richkay, Somehow I missed these postings. Very nice painting :clap: :clap: :clap: What is missing are the dark shadows where the roots of the petals to show the depth. O0
Ai Ke, also a very neat painting  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Danielle, an excellent painting as well :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Danielle123 on July 28, 2014, 01:02:53 PM
 :thankyou: all for the lovely comments.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Ai Ke on July 30, 2014, 04:23:48 PM
Yours is gorgeous Danielle!!!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 30, 2014, 08:25:22 PM
You're peonie is stunning, Danielle. My only suggestion would be to add more green to the two prominant leaves - the color on them now makes the leaves look dead and your flower is so alive and vibrant…And I agree, this was my favorite flower lesson, too!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on August 01, 2014, 04:43:06 PM
Excellent Danielle, well done  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Danielle123 on August 01, 2014, 09:00:26 PM
 :thankyou: Ai Ke, Sharon and Val for your lovely encouraging comments. 
Sharon i will do the change to the leave.   :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bellarina on November 12, 2014, 08:34:36 PM
here is my Peony watercolor.  Please advise where I should improve.  Thanks
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: May lynn on November 12, 2014, 08:44:20 PM
Dear Bellarina;

Your peony is beautifully done.   NO improvement NEEDED!!!!!!  :clap:

May lynn
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: ncwren on November 12, 2014, 09:08:12 PM
Beautiful work!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Tania on November 12, 2014, 10:16:27 PM
Looks awesome, Bellarina!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bellarina on November 12, 2014, 11:02:57 PM
 :thankyou: May Lynn, Natalie and Tania
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: MaryAnne Long on November 12, 2014, 11:57:54 PM
Bellarina,

Your peony is lovely.  Maybe just a bit more shading or texture on the twig at the top.  Or maybe make them uneven lengths. 

Otherwise, be proud!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bellarina on November 13, 2014, 01:03:39 AM
Thanks Mea, I was thinking the same thing after I posted the picture that the three top twigs were to equal in length, I will try to shorten the middle one and add some more texture and shading as well.  Thanks for your suggestions.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Danielle123 on November 13, 2014, 01:36:21 AM
Beautifully done Bellarina.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on November 13, 2014, 03:29:50 AM
Pretty peonie!  I agree on the 3 twigs - and you're missing the water drops - otherwise it's lovely!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bellarina on November 13, 2014, 05:50:29 PM
This is the revised watercolor.  I'm happier without the longer forward twigs.  Elected to leave out the ant and the water drops on this flower since I have them on the tulip oil painting I did earlier.  Thanks for your experienced advise.  Hope it looks a bit better
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on November 13, 2014, 06:26:59 PM
Excellent, Bellarina :clap: :clap: :clap:
Good shading in the petals.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: MaryAnne Long on November 13, 2014, 06:28:23 PM
Yes, better now.

Very nice peony.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bellarina on November 14, 2014, 12:39:04 PM
Thank you Dennis and Mea
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sherri on November 20, 2014, 02:09:45 AM
My peonie!!  I struggled with the first petals so my flower looks like a "first half" and a "second half"   ;D :D


Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: MaryAnne Long on November 20, 2014, 02:17:53 AM
Sherry,

Nice work on the peony.  Love the background.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: ncwren on November 20, 2014, 04:42:43 AM
Some in shade, some are in the sun.  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on November 20, 2014, 05:13:20 AM
Looks great, Sherri :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Danielle123 on November 20, 2014, 05:53:53 AM
Shelly you did an awsome painting.  The petals are very nice and i like your background. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sherri on November 20, 2014, 08:27:17 AM
Thanks Mea and Danielle.

Natalie - you are right - some in the shade and some in shadow - it just depended on whether I painted them at the beginning or toward the end!!

Thanks Dennis.  I sure did struggle with the blending at first.  Slowly I am getting it.  I think oils are easier than water colours!!

Sherri
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bellarina on November 20, 2014, 12:32:22 PM
This is beautiful Sherri
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sue W on February 01, 2015, 04:35:15 AM

I have always cringed when I had to do backgrounds. These watercolor lessons are helping me by forcing me to do them. Dennis, that might be a good lesson for you to add... Backgrounds: what to do with them, what colors to use and why, etc.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: MaryAnne Long on February 01, 2015, 04:54:58 AM
Sue W

Beautiful job on the peony and background.  Sure looks like you conquered your fear of doing a background on this one!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on February 01, 2015, 05:01:36 AM
Beautiful painting, Sue :clap: :clap: :clap: Add a slight highlight to the stem to the flower O0


Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pinuccia on February 01, 2015, 06:39:55 AM
Nina and Karen beautiful Peonie. 
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jillh on February 05, 2015, 05:20:36 AM
Sue your peonie is beautiful. I think the background is great.  Well done!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bellarina on February 05, 2015, 08:48:40 AM
Super job Sue.  Loved that class.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on February 05, 2015, 01:07:49 PM
Brilliant Sue  :heeha:   Backgrounds can be a bother can't they? Background, foreground, midground... they all give me headaches!  :banghead:     ;D

The flower is awesome and that background, ... great!  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: thebryce on February 05, 2015, 07:01:13 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Danielle123 on February 06, 2015, 01:32:58 AM
Beautifull Sue, the flower stands out.  :clap:  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sue W on February 06, 2015, 07:48:11 AM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: Thanks for all the kind comments. I'll lighten the stem up, Dennis.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on February 07, 2015, 05:50:11 PM
Sue - great job on your peonie AND your background...a beautiful painting!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jillh on February 14, 2015, 03:42:41 AM
My attempt at the Peonie.  Once again I had problems with the background.  Would like to have made it darker to make flower pop more. Otherwise enjoyed learning these techniques.
 
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bellarina on February 14, 2015, 03:44:11 AM
Jill, you can still go over the background
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jillh on February 14, 2015, 03:53:46 AM
Robin, I would if I knew what to do :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on February 14, 2015, 04:37:52 AM
Very lovely flower, Jill :clap: :clap: :clap: No problem, just paint again over the previous background. O0
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: MaryAnne Long on February 14, 2015, 05:23:50 AM
Jill,

Lovely peony.  Be brave just go over the background with a darker wash.  Hope it pops!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on February 14, 2015, 09:29:41 AM
Darkening the background is far easier than you might think! I've done it .....oh..... lots of times!  :2funny:   
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jillh on February 14, 2015, 04:20:43 PM
Thank you Dennis, Mea and Val for taking a look and commenting.  I will attempt to darken the background.  One thing is very sure.  I will learn something from the exercise. :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: ncwren on February 14, 2015, 04:25:45 PM
Still very pretty  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on February 14, 2015, 06:25:40 PM
I do hope you'll darken the background and repost - trust me - it's a lot easier than lightening a background! Your peony is a beauty and it deserves to pop!
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on February 14, 2015, 07:22:10 PM
Pretty peony. The background does need to be darken. It's not that hard to do Jill. You can do it.  O0

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pinuccia on February 14, 2015, 08:49:49 PM
Jill the peonie is beautiful well done. With a darker background it will certainly be extra beautiful. :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jillh on February 16, 2015, 09:36:08 PM
The background is better, I think!  Than you all for your advice.  I appreciate your input.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: MaryAnne Long on February 16, 2015, 09:52:35 PM
Oh, yes, the peony POPPED!  Darker background made a difference.

Beautiful.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bellarina on February 16, 2015, 10:12:05 PM
Wow, what a difference!  Nice job darkening the background.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pinuccia on February 16, 2015, 11:35:01 PM
Wow the peonie really popps now. Well done.  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: jillh on February 17, 2015, 01:19:04 AM
Thanks Mea, Robin and Josie.  It did make a big difference :)
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bellarina on February 17, 2015, 04:01:39 AM
Glad to be of help
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pinuccia on February 17, 2015, 12:14:33 PM
Herald and Nina beautiful Peonie's  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on February 22, 2015, 02:19:33 AM
Much better Jill  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Tousabella on February 22, 2015, 04:13:57 AM
Oh, these are just perfect.  They are beautiful.  You guys did a bang up job.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sherri on February 22, 2015, 04:21:31 AM
Awesome Jill!!!  You did a great job.

Sherri
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on May 31, 2015, 03:56:06 PM
I have spiders instead of ants on my peonie and I suppose I need a lot more practice on water drops and Peonies. :coffee:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: ncwren on May 31, 2015, 04:37:33 PM
 Your flower and background look great!  :clap: :clap:

I practice a water drop or two before I try it out on any watercolor painting-your drops look fine. As for your 'spiders' I didn't even notice them-flowers are rarely perfect and it adds to your painting I think.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on May 31, 2015, 08:08:41 PM
Thank you Natalie for always encouraging me with your uplifting comments.  :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sherri on June 02, 2015, 03:39:02 PM
Gorgeous!!   :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on June 02, 2015, 07:13:10 PM
Thank you Sherri. :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Danielle123 on June 02, 2015, 09:03:53 PM
busy, busy Louisa,  beautifull rose you are coming along greatly in WC.  , may I suggest that you add a bit more dark in the deeper areas.    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pinuccia on June 02, 2015, 10:10:44 PM
Beautiful :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on June 03, 2015, 04:05:01 AM
Thanks Danielle and Josie. Yes Danielle you're right again it definitely need some darks. Thank you.  :hug: :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: MaryAnne Long on June 03, 2015, 10:33:25 AM
Louisa,

I'm B-A-C-K (however sporadically for a while)!   Nice job on the peony and the background.  Pretty pink petals.  I agree (as you knew I would) about more darks.

It's not the waterdrops themselves, but the placement that looks odd - if one were closer to the edge of the petal instead of both in the center, it would look better.

Love the itsy-bitsy spider.  Adds drama.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on June 03, 2015, 12:16:14 PM
Thanks Mea you must be well rested with all the comments at once. :2funny: :2funny: Thank you for taking the time to scrutinise my paintings, I learn a lot from that. :hug: :hug:
Title: Lesson #15
Post by: 1Grannah on October 05, 2015, 02:39:08 AM
I really enjoyed the lesson on painting peonies and I look forward to your comments and critiques. 

I hope that I am posting this correctly because I find the posting process challenging since I have only posted once before.  I guess I need more practice doing it.



Judy
Title: Re: Lesson #15
Post by: MaryAnne Long on October 05, 2015, 02:54:32 AM
Judy,

You did well in getting your post here for us to see.

You peony painting is lovely.  Nice background.

Your waterdrops appear to be well done - I just think the placement looks too "soldiers-in-a-row."

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Lesson #15
Post by: 1Grannah on October 05, 2015, 03:25:55 AM
Thanks, Mea.  I agree that the water drops are too aligned, but I kind of liked the way they turned out and was afraid I'd mess up the petal by moving.  But I will remember to be more random when placing water droplets the next time.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Happychappy on October 05, 2015, 01:00:42 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Judy, you did a splendid job.  It is beautiful.    Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Pinuccia on October 05, 2015, 09:50:48 PM
Judy your peony is beautiful well done  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on October 05, 2015, 10:17:02 PM
Nicely done Judy!  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Yes your posting is perfect!  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 08, 2015, 07:00:01 PM
Judy - nice job on the peonie and the posting!!  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on October 08, 2015, 09:05:16 PM
Well done, Judy :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: NHC50 on October 08, 2015, 09:20:21 PM
Nice job Judy.   O0 O0


Nina  :flowers:
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Post by: 1Grannah on October 09, 2015, 01:57:49 AM
   Thanks to everyone  for all your positive comments.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Danielle123 on October 13, 2015, 11:49:13 PM
Nice flower Judy
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Annie. on January 13, 2017, 03:39:08 AM
Here is my peonie
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Post by: MaryAnne Long on January 13, 2017, 05:51:18 AM
Nice peony, Annie.  Pretty pink.

aloha

mea
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Post by: EmmaLee on January 13, 2017, 12:27:16 PM
This is lovely Annie. I particularly like the background, it is perfect.
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Post by: Happychappy on January 13, 2017, 12:44:49 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Very nice and neatly done Annie.  Patricia
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Post by: BeaSue on January 13, 2017, 01:40:58 PM
Well done, Annie!  :smitten:  :smitten:  :smitten:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on January 13, 2017, 02:33:39 PM
Do my eyes deceive me? This looks to be a lovely pencil line and wash. Showcases the flower beautifully! Very well done Annie. Compliments to you  O0     :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Annie. on January 13, 2017, 11:01:22 PM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: Mea, Emmalee, Patricia, Susan, and Val!

You just add the cherry on the cake, even if I am not sure what Val's question is  :confused:   

I am enjoying myself for a little mid-winter R&R in a beautiful cabin facing the pacific ocean.  It doesn't get any better in the winter in Canada.  Above freezing point, no snow, no noise but birds chirping, pitch dark at night, and nobody in sight.

Your comments encourage me to go ahead with the next lesson: Arum Calla.

Thank you so much for the encouragement.  :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on January 14, 2017, 12:19:07 AM
Annie, I believe this is the first peony with the line and wash effect. Love it.
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Post by: dennis on January 14, 2017, 06:23:13 AM
Lovely blending in the flower petals, Annie  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Annie. on January 14, 2017, 03:20:41 PM
Thank you Dennis.

Val, it is not ink. I followed the lesson but I see that the graphite transfer is much more visible and shart compared to others' ponies.  I assume from your comment that it is okay.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on January 14, 2017, 07:23:00 PM
Annie, line and wash does not have to be ink. I've done a few with graphite pencil.

Whether by intent or happy accident, I think it looks great!  :heeha:
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Post by: Danielle123 on January 15, 2017, 12:50:32 AM
Beautiful rose and a great background Annie.  :clap:  :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Annie. on January 15, 2017, 03:26:58 AM
Thank you Danielle.

Thank you Val.  I actually always liked watercolour that have some light pencil drawing visible.   Specially in landscape, it looks detailed yet adds a loose fluidity to the painting.   Looks alive to me.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 17, 2017, 07:30:10 PM
Gorgeous peony, Annie!  :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: KathyKuz on February 22, 2017, 12:26:07 AM
Judy:  Love your peonie.  Your colors and background are great. :clap: :clap:   
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Annie. on February 22, 2017, 03:08:34 AM
 :thankyou: Steve
 :thankyou: Kathy
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Kathysutterlin on July 22, 2018, 08:04:30 PM

It has been a long time since I’ve picked up a brush. It was fun to work with Dennis again. I definitely need to hone my watercolor skills. I have a few problems within this painting but it was a good place to start.
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Post by: MaryAnne Long on July 22, 2018, 08:48:29 PM
Kathy

So nice to see your work again.

Off to a good restart.  Beautiful separation of the petals. Nice job on the background.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Happychappy on July 22, 2018, 09:42:39 PM
Hi Kathy, it is SO lovely to see you painting again. I have often wondered what had happened to you!   :welcome:  back.  You have done a fantastic job of the Peonie painting as Mea pointed out.  You certainly haven't lost your skills.  Hoping to see much more of your paintings.


Patricia 
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Post by: dennis on July 22, 2018, 10:26:03 PM
Welcome back, Kathy :clap: :clap: :clap: Lovely flower. Just the leaves need more work O0
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Kathysutterlin on July 23, 2018, 12:36:07 AM
Thank you  :thankyou: Mea, Patricia, and Dennis. It feels good to have a paintbrush in my hand.
Dennis, thank you for a wonderful class. There is so much to learn and I so enjoy your teaching method. Yes, my leaves are a bit muddy to me. Would you suggest I do something on this painting to improve them or just take note for next time?
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: dennis on July 23, 2018, 09:09:14 AM
On this one I suggest just lifting out some of the colour to make the leaves lighter than the background. You will see them better because they are the same tone as the background at the moment.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Kathysutterlin on July 23, 2018, 09:52:03 PM
 :thankyou:  Thank you for an excellent suggestion, Dennis. I think the lifted color helps a lot. I might have even lifted a bit more on the leaves on the left but didn’t want to overdo.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: njnjgirl on July 24, 2018, 05:22:09 PM
Your flower is beautiful! :smitten:
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Post by: Val on July 26, 2018, 01:20:00 AM
 :heeha: We done Kathy!   :clap: :clap: :clap:   Lovely to see you out and about again, I can't wait to get back drawing and painting again. I feel I must say that it doesn't look as though you've forgotten anything.  O0        :yippee:
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Post by: TeresaM on July 26, 2018, 08:07:05 AM
Pretty painting  Kathy.
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on July 27, 2018, 10:13:35 PM
 :thankyou: Thank you Val and Theresa. I’ve been doing a lot of graphite work this last year. It is nice to play with paint again.

Val, I hope to see you back at it soon too.  ;)
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Post by: Val on July 28, 2018, 07:39:48 PM
 :twothumbs:
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Post by: Bill76434 on August 01, 2018, 03:24:47 AM
I love it Kathy
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bill76434 on August 09, 2018, 02:16:03 AM
Inspired by Kathy's painting, here is my effort
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 09, 2018, 02:26:06 AM
Love peony, Bill.  You are Kathy are setting a good example.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: njnjgirl on August 09, 2018, 11:55:02 AM
Excellent Bill, I remember this lesson and you have done a fabulous job. :yippee:  Love the color of your flower.
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bill76434 on August 09, 2018, 11:47:53 PM
Thanks Mea and Mary Lou, I used the colour Windsor Newton Quinacridone Red but as Dennis said, "All brands are not the same".
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Post by: dennis on August 11, 2018, 11:25:48 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Val on August 13, 2018, 01:39:36 AM
 :heeha: Fantastic Bill, and the extra ants are a bonus addition. Excellent!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #15 - How to Paint a Peonie
Post by: Bill76434 on August 13, 2018, 03:13:32 AM
 :)