Saturday, June 27, 2009

Green Leaf Study

I have been working on painting green leaves for a little over a week now. There are certain challenges that they present. In a way its like graphite. How do you differentiate the colors? But look at all the shades of green in the painting!

I achieved the different shades of green by glazing greens and reds. Some of the leaves were warm and some cold so I choose my colors carefully.

It was also challenging to soften the edges in places for the colors to flow.

I also worked on the values and darkening the shades of green. While working on the painting I thought it was too dark, but now I look at the photo and see there are plenty of lights to balance out the darks.

I really feel like I learned some new techniques and I also had alot of fun working on this painting.


meera said...

Isn't it amazing how many different shades of blue you can mixup!

meera said...

oops - I meant shades of green :)

Kathy Staicer said...

Yes it is amazing. (They can be called shades of blue also for all greens have some blue in them.)