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Title: Red Mixes
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 18, 2015, 05:48:34 AM
My husband often brings a beautiful double hibiscus blossom in to me at the end of the day.  Tonight I decided to try and duplicate the red hues.  Obviously, I did not succeed as well as I would have liked, although it looks much closer to the real color in person.  Lights and camera have distorted it.

I tried Cadmium red as it seemed like the best color, although when I tried to darken it with green for shadows, it became too brownish.  The alizarin crimson with green produced a nicer shadow.

My green is not as clear/crisp as the real stem.

My cast shadow was the alizarin crimson with a touch of Payne's gray.  I tried a touch of sap green but it looked too brown.

This was a fun practice.


Title: Re: Red Mixes
Post by: Happychappy on August 18, 2015, 11:16:56 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Mea, I so enjoy looking at your work and am enjoying your progress so much.  I think you did a superb job on the double Hibiscus which I initially thought was a Carnation.  Flowers are not my "thing". As you can tell, I don't know a Hibiscus from a Carnation, but I do love them and am very keen to be able to paint them.     Patricia
Title: Re: Red Mixes
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 18, 2015, 03:59:01 PM

I can see where you might think a double hibiscus might look like a carnation, especially when it's closed up like this one was by the end of the day.

I'm surprised anyone even saw it as I posted it under the Watercolour Mixing Questions section.  But, I suspect that you, like me, view the most recent posts each morning. (  That way we don't miss anything.

Now looking at my painting in the light of day, I am going to try a couple of red washes over it to brighten it up.


Title: Re: Red Mixes
Post by: Val on August 18, 2015, 11:53:48 PM
I think this is an excellent start Mea. Yup, a few washes to brighten it up and it will be stunning.  O0    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Red Mixes
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 19, 2015, 02:53:24 AM
Mea - at first I thought you had posted a photo of 2 carnations -  I do know hibiscus yet these don't look like any hibiscus I've ever seen - how intriguing!! Anyway, your painting is fantastic! Add a few more layers of red and a bit more dark shadows in between the petals and it will look exactly like the real one. Oh, and a little darker green on the stem. Bravo!!
Title: Re: Red Mixes
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 19, 2015, 06:25:26 AM
Thanks, Sharon.  Actually, I started a now thick hedge of double hibiscus from 6-inch cuttings about 27 years ago.  I have hundreds of those red flowers on the hedge along my driveway each day.

Thanks, Val.

I'll tweak the painting later in the week.


Title: Re: Red Mixes
Post by: Bellarina on August 19, 2015, 11:54:04 AM
Yep, looks like a shriveled up double hibiscus to me. Lol.
I pick them up every morning from the ground when out watering the garden.
Looking forward to seeing more progress with this one Mea. Bravo!
Title: Re: Red Mixes
Post by: ncwren on August 19, 2015, 04:28:03 PM
Your husband is so sweet!  :)

Great job on your flower!  :clap:
Title: Re: Red Mixes
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 19, 2015, 08:04:52 PM
Thanks, Natalie and Robin (glad you recognized it).

Here is the post-tweaked version.

I washed over it twice with alizarin crimson; darkened the stem,;added the little pistil things that make it look more hibiscus like; and added more contrast. ( The pistils were actually hidden inside the flower because it was closing up at the end of the day when I went to paint it.)

This is just a little 3" x 4" practice piece, so I will call it a learning experience and file it away.



Just thought I'd add your 'tweaked' version for you!  :whistle:   
Cheers, Val
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