Dahlia Watercolor progress

Step By Step Progress

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dahlia watercolor progress

This dahlia watercolor progress is slow as I experiment with getting the bright colors and shading right. It has been a while since I painted flowers, even though they are one of my favorite things in life. Isn’t it funny that we get distracted from what we love with our work in life? This paining seems to be more of a study of the light and casted shadow on the various petal surfaces. It is truly amazing how many surfaces there are on a single blossom. I love the play of light and how it makes something seem so 3D whenever I get it right.

Pink, my kingdom for a pink

It is surprising that the most difficult areas so far have been getting the right pinks to appear. It requires that I actually get the right amount of water to dilute the paint with the main one being used as Alzarian Crimson, or Scarlet Lake, the darks are better with the violet or purple ranges  added. My daughter shares my interest in flowers, she has a site named www.dahliasinbloom.net, a place worth checking out.

Dahlias and Marigolds
Dahlias and Marigolds

You can see why I feel so inspired by blossoms, each day as I walk through our garden, I not only see vegetables and fruits. Luckily, there are many blossoms to pause and smell as I do my daily chores.

Time out

At this point, I am not sure if I am liking the way this watercolor is coming out so I may put it on the shelf to rest while I get back to my real work. When you paint for work sometimes your personal paintings have to wait till there is time again. The most important thing to me is to not make a big stack of unfinished art in my shelf, so I keep working on my un-done stack every week to keep it real small. A uncluttered studio is a happy studio.

shadow eagle helmet

This is an airbrush technique that my husband asked me to do on his Kawasaki Vulcan 750 and his helmet. It is what I call “shadow” or “ghosting” an image using metallic automotive paints. It makes the artist face the challenge of selecting which details are necessary and which are not. When you get a little sunshine on it, surprise, there it is!

This was done as a matching shadow eagle face that is on his bike but the biggest challenge was reversing the image to rest on a white surface (helmet) instead of the black surface of the bike.shadow eagle face helmetAgain the simplicity of the image is quite attractive, and much more powerful than you would originally think especially in sunlight. More images of this helmet can be seen here. It definetely gets the double take. It is painted on a black Kawasaki 750 (in reverse) that you can see here.


Ghost Eagle Kawasaki 750

Mystery is a good ingredient. This became a trademark style of airbrush work for me that I called “shadowing” or “ghosting” an image. The rule I learned from this project was that the SIMPLE is quite attractive and much more powerful than you would  think especially in a little sunlight. The “shadow” technique makes the artist face the challenge of selecting which details are really necessary and which are not. Lots of trial and error.  When you get it right with a little sunshine on it, SHAZAM there it is!

eagle ghosted Kaw 750

This is an American favorite done in a technique that my husband asked me for on his rebuilt Kawasaki Vulcan 750. I spent a great deal of time perfecting a detailed eagle face on the tank just to have Pete came over afterwards and ask me to start erasing the detail. Are you crazy? Man, I was sure he was just ruining all the hard work I had just finished doing. AAAARGHHHHH! Don’t tell my husband…. but he was right, I’ll never live it down.

 More images of this bike can be seen here. It definetely gets the double take on the road, or anytime people walk past it. It is painted on his white helmet here (in reverse) here. Pete almost always has someone looking at it in the parking lot when he goes into a store and comes back out. There is a matching image on his white helmet here.