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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Dalia Flower Painting in Acrylic - wip #7

I managed to get some time yesterday to paint (yay, starting to feel human again ;)) and I am happier with how this is looking now.  I keep forgetting I am working in acrylics, not watercolor so I need to work from dark to light, not from light to dark. 

I spent many hours painting beautiful layers of the lights only to realize later that of course they need to be covered up as they are too transparent in the acrylics. 

With watercolor, this technique works great as even though the layers are transparent, they still end up covering the substrate enough to create a great deal of depth.  I found with the acrylics that no matter how many layers I was applying of the lights, while it looked nice, it just was not giving me the level of coverage that I was after.  So I added several layers of mid tones and a bit more of the darks blended in and I am liking the coverage much more. 

10 comments:

Bonnie Heather said...

It's looking very three dimensional. Nice work.

Costescu said...

Thanks Bonnie :)

Krista Hasson said...

This is coming along very nicely, I can't wait to see it finished!

Costescu said...

Thanks Krista, I know this painting once or twice a week is just not cutting it. I think I am going to have to take drastic measures & start getting up at 6am again to paint...I am so not a morning person!

Billie Crain said...

This is starting to look really good, Tracey!

Costescu said...

Thanks Billie :) Slowly coming along, getting up at 6am just does not seem to be happening ;)

meera said...

I admire your patience as you slowly build the layers so beautifully!

Costescu said...

Thanks Meera :)

Vanessa said...

Gorgeous flower. It really looks as though it's coming out of teh page! Nice choice of colour too!

Costescu said...

Thanks Vanessa :)The color is getting richer everytime I work on it so it is worth the slow build up :)