Pretty in Pink Update #2

Oh so slow she goes...

Pretty in Pink WIP Helen Shideler

I have set this painting aside a couple of time.  Not for loss of interest but for competing priorities.  Namely a couple of commissions.  Then there was the 30 Paintings in 30 Day Challenge.  And a wonderful trip to Vancouver to visit family and welcome a beautiful new grandson.  So there have been numerous delays.

I started back in this past week.  I had to redraw the centre of the flowers as the lines I originally drew lost their interpretation over time (and some really faded) so now they did not make as much sense to me.  After all that scrutiny on the blooms I started in with the background.  Go figure.  But this was quite liberating.  I was able to cover a large area of the painting and still work loose.  Understand that when I say loose, the work is carefully planned and thought through before I even pick up a wet brush.  

I got pretty excited as the background started to take shape. Controlled wet-in-wet washes, mingling colours and multiple washes.  Delicious and fun!  And the roses started to pop with the contrast.

And then back into the redrawn blooms starting from the top down. I plan on completing this one this week.  Fingers crossed!

Lighter Shade of Pale - Completed

This commissioned watercolor painting of white-ish roses is now complete.  I did the usual staring at it for while - then adjusted some of the background by lightening some areas and intensifying the colors in others.  Then I did a color balance check and deepened some of the shadows in the  roses. This rose-bush grows at the back corner of our garden.  The flowers are ivory-white and, as the age, they get pinkish. By the end of the summer they are  really pink and much less white. So happy there are lovely - as they are a thorny mess to prune or get close to.  Even sniffing or photographing them can be hazardous to your fingers and nose!

Saint David's Annual Art Show and Sale

The Saint David’s United Church Men’s Group holds an annual art show and sale that not only supports local artists but also injects much-needed funds back into the community.  This is an excellent opportunity to see quality artwork and support a very good cause! I am pleased to be participating in this Art Show and Sale again this year.  Things have been pretty busy for me with hanging my show "Full Spectrum" at the Imperial (still showing until November 14th).  So, I have been busily painting away for this event.

Below are three of the four paintings I will be exhibiting.   The fourth painting, well is still a work in progress.  It is a large acrylic painting of Delphinium. Stay tuned... this will most likely be my next blog post.

Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th

7 Gondola Point Road

Rothesay

Hope to see you there!

Height of Summer - WIP of climbing roses completed

Think I am finally getting back in the grove.  I have an inordinate number of works in progress.  All in various stages.  And I finally just completed this one!   These roses grow on my friend Jeannie farm.   They are well fertilized with well composted horse manure.  The roses are spectacular because of it!.  I hunkered down for a few days... armed with opera rose, rose madder genuine, potters pink cerulean blue, and various shades of red in including scarlet and magenta.   

Rosy Red Roses - WIP completed - I think

 

And so,  countless hours, untold amounts of staring and figuring and color balancing... I think this painting is finally done!

I knew today that it was in my reach to finish this piece.  I hunkered down at 8am and just finished it at 7pm.

I spent a lot of time deleloping the foliage.  After I thought I was all done - I looked at it with squinty eyes and realized that I had to deepen the colors of the leaves.  I went back in with a wash of terre vert (a blueish green) and intensified the leaves.  And then once again thought I was finished.

Then I looked at it again with squinty eyes.  Saw a number of the rose petal has to be deepened and some of them needed a boost of personality (more colors).

I looked at it again and thought I was finsihed.   Then I realised the tiny fly had no legs or antennae.

I fixed up the bug and hung the painting on my fridge - yes my fridge.   And am determined no more squinty eyes.

I am declaring this painting finsihed.  At least until tomorrow when I look at it with fresh eyes.

Work in progress - Rosy Red Roses (?)

This painitng of carpet roses has me a bit consumed.  It is 30 x 22 so on the large size again.  I am fascinated by the range of colors in the roses - particularly the fading petals.  If you look closely, you will see the first ant!

I am actually working on two paintings at the same time. The other is another poured painting of daisies.  Loose and fun so the focus on this one will not make me too crazy!.

The name above may not stick but for now I'll use it.