Sunday, February 2, 2014

Heliconia Dance

Heliconia Dance,  Watercolor on Arches #140 Cold Press Paper, 7"h x 5"w, 2014 #11

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After finishing "Soar II", I realized that I am really missing painting flowers -- or, from a design point of view, missing working on brilliant colors, and more detailed shapes. Since I have a couple of floral that have been lingering in the studio for quite some time, I decided to get my focus out and finish them!

So, here is the first one I have managed to finish over the weekend, despite of my lingering cold and stuffed sinus (in a way painting actually helps to distract me from the physical discomfort -- it is almost meditative when I am doing the finishing 20%!). The reference photo of this painting is from Chris Gardner who runs a lovely blog of her own photographs of a variety of flowers, and has kindly allowed me to use her pictures as reference photos. I really loved the curvlinear movement that dominates the photo, and decide to use wet-in-wet dynamic lines to further emphasize that. I have also tried to play up complimentary red-green color scheme, using bright, saturated red to emphasize the Heliconia flower, and muted yellow-green and blue-green foliage in the background as "supporting actors". To avoid monotony in the "green, green, green" background, I have dropped in Ultramarine and Winsor Red wet in wet in small amount here and there to add some "zing" factor to it. I am quite happy with the final result, except for the fact that it has taken way too long to complete it! Now it's time to move on to the next painting...

In the mean time, if you have an image of a beautiful landscape, or a flower you like, or anything you might want to see painted, please email them to me at I will paint them and post them here. From every 10 paintings I make from them, there would be a random drawing, and the lucky winner get to take a original back home for free! Interested? Then send me your photo!

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  1. This is absolutely gorgeous. The sky is gray here as we prepare for another winter storm and you brought me to the tropics!


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