WIP - Cascading Blooms Update 3

An interesting thing happened

when I was working away on this painting. I got distracted by another piece I had loosely sketched out.

Cascading Blooms by Helen Shideler


I realized I had most of the roses finished except for two in the background in the upper part of the painting.  For awhile I was not even certain that I was even going to add them in.  After starting the painting with a pretty loose sketch, I have been refining the sketch and pretty much drawing it as I work along.  Adding a leaf here and there.  Not adding in the large twigs.

Anyway, I have moved from the roses to painting leaves.  Now I love painting leaves.  That is often where the drama is.  Each leaf is taking about an hour or more to complete.  Then the strangest thing happened.  I started to get tired of working with green.  And I swear - I heard the sketch of the rhodos calling me.  Helen we are here, over here.  Come start to paint us.  We need so much more colour than green.  Really it is true.  

The hard stuff is next

The next phase in is painting is to cut out a masking film to cover and protect the roses. From there I will have to mask off the edges.  This will allow me to work the background with a degree of abandon and not have to worry about splashing dark colours on the blooms. 

WIP Pretty in Pink completed

I love the feeling of satisfaction when I finally determine a painting is completed.  I am done with the squinty eyes and scrutinizing - it is really time to put down the paintbrushes and was off my palette.

Pretty in Pink watercolour by Helen Shideler

When I get near the completion of a painting I spend quite a bit of time assessing and reassessing it and second guessing myself.   This is a normal part of the painting process. I want to ensure the warm tones are balanced over the painting and that the cooler tones are the right shade and intense enough to capture the perspective I wanted to achieve.  I am very happy with the result.

I like to work in a series.  I have been sifting and sorting through my reference materials and notes to determine what will come next.  There will be at least two more 1/2 sheet watercolour florals and one large acrylic in my near future.

Pretty in Pink will be custom framed and is available on by website

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