WIP - Yesterdays Blooms - Update # 3

WIP - Helen Shideler Floral Water COlour I really would not have believed it.  I am painting white roses and checking my work against a greyscale.  The darks on the white roses are seriously dark.  I am pretty good at capturing tone and colour variance - but this handy little scale humbled me.  I mean, I thought I knew what I was doing.  And then I remembered I had this little scale and decided to look at my painting “Yesterdays Blooms”  and do some spot checks.   After all these are white roses.  I mean aren’t they supposed to be light?

My goal is never to achieve photo realism - I prefer to think of my style as “painterly realism”.  Having said that,  I focus on creating dimension and depth.  And in order to create depth you need to understand your deeper tones … and also your lighter tones.

The light shade:


And the deeper tones:




On the Easel - Two Large White Florals

Maybe it has something to do with the weather with all that snow all around us, but right now I am into the many shades of white. Inspiration out my studio window! I have two large white florals on the easel right now.  One is a full sheet watercolor.  The other is a 36” x 36’ acrylic.  They are very different paintings these two.  The similarity ends at white.  The watercolor although painted with saturated colours is softer, a bit romantic.

Work in Progress - Helen Shideler

The acrylic, well is very bold.  In this version the yellow background is eye popping.  I have since begun to redden it up.  Not entirely sure, but the background may go almost black by the time it is finished.

Work in Progress - Helen Shideler Let me know what you think - red or black background?