Tuesday, 4 January 2011
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.
This is my new painting, Amaryllis. I received this beautiful plant as a gift. Although called an Amaryllis, research showed these plants are a Hippeastrum. The plants are a flowering bulb often sold in winter because of their ability to bloom inside. My plant had 2 stems. The buds were closed and had 4 flowers each when they bloomed. I was able to study the plant as it bloomed and took many photographs from different sides. I also took photographs with different lighting; frontal, side and back lighting. I placed a dark blue red in the background and was able to get colourful shadows. I made the background in my painting a muted green violet. Violet is the complement of yellow. The light source is from the left. The dominant value (gray scale) is middle tones. The painting is acrylic on 20.4 by 25.5 cm (8 by 10 inch) canvas mounted on wood stretcher bars.
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