Sunday, May 3, 2009

Grape Soda Iris

SOLD

I'm working on a collection of small 8X8 iris paintings to group together following my trip to the Argyle Iris farm two days ago. There is so much great material to work with from the photos I took, but I love the blues and purples the most so I started here. One thing I've learned about painting Irises in oils, it really helps to mix in Gamblin Portland Grey Deep and Light to mute the blues in some places. Too much intense hue becomes overwhelming on these bright flowers. (Who was it who said if everyone is shouting, you can't hear the words?)

I just finished watching a DVD workshop on flower painting by Robert Johnson, the master painter. He mentioned that many people are afraid of making flowers very dark, because we think of flowers being light and bright. But he said most flowers do have some intense darks in them, and not to forget to include them. Robert has the same interesting technique that Ann Templeton has, Jean Chambers has, so many of the masters use - thin transparent paints such as oxide reds and viridians for an underpainting, topped with extremely thick opaque highlights with whites mixed in for dramatic impact. If you haven't seen Robert's flower painting video on dahlias, you should rent it from one of the online services. It is great!

Happy painting out there, I hope you are getting our sunshine since we are in day 10 of the 40 day flood here in Texas.

23 comments:

Yankeegirl said...

Nancy, thank you so much for the nice words on my hydrangea watercolors!! Such a compliment coming from an incredible artist such as yourself!!!

Love your doggies too!!!

Sheila said...

EEEeee!!! This is gorgeous! I can almost smell the grape soda coming from the painting.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Beautiful painting...and thanks for the tips...I just may get inspired to paint again...maybe...

Laura said...

Reminds me of my aunt - she loved iris! Very pretty!

Manon Doyle said...

Wow! The iris is so beautiful Nancy! I just adore these colors!

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Oh Nancy, once again you have captured the beauty of flowers. Your iris's are indeed amazing.

nancy elstad said...

Love this, your colors are so nice! You asked me when we are getting outside again, I'm ready when you are. If our weather will shape-up!

Abby Creek Art said...

Beautiful iris, Nancy! I have lots just starting to pop up around the perimeter of our house.

I think we have a little of your weather...cold and drizzly in Colorado this past weekend.:(

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Nancy, Love your Iris...one of my favorite garden flowers and a favorite to paint also.

Yes, thank you, Dudley is all better. Nice to meet you.

Ruth

Becky said...

What a beautiful color! You work just amazes me. Wish I had your gift! I can't even draw a stick figure! The iris gardens were gorgeous, much rather be there than Disney!

Judy Mackey said...

Beautiful iris!!

Mary said...

Wow, Nancy, your painting is inspirational--thanks for the tip about including dark tones in flowers, which gives them such depth. My painting technique in acrylics is different, of course, but your work is beautiful inspiration to get back to some florals soon. Also, thank you for all the gorgeous photos from the show. Love your blog!

Mary Lemmenes

arcobaleno said...

Beautiful!!!! all your art is beautiful and I like much!!!

Sand Flat Farm said...

Enjoyed visiting your blog! I love all your bright colors and am envious that you got to paint those beautiful iris! Happy painting!

Mira said...

thanks for ure kind comments.i'm glad someone gets my humor;)

i really love this painting since i love irises and LOVE purple:)not to mention u made it awesome.

keep up the awesomeness.will definitely keep in touch

Rob Hazzard said...

Beautiful iris! I'd love to see an entire collection of these.

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Hi Nancy, I just ordered a dvd by Gary Jenkins on floral painting. I will check out Robert Johnson.

I didn't know about him when ordering my dvd. Thanks for the tip.
You know what a big fan I am of your work.

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Hi Nancy, just ordered the Robert Johnson dvd. Floral still life.
Thanks again for the tip.

bindu said...

This painting is gorgeous! There is so much life and movement in it. Great job.

D. Sisson said...

Nancy, first,thanks much for your wonderful comments on my pug painting. She's a great pug and model! I love your flower paintings - they're so painterly with interesting compositions. Also, thanks for working for the pugs in rescue.

A New England Life said...

That is one beautiful Iris painting. The textures are so rich and varied. Gorgeous Nancy. I also like the Tickle Me Pink Iris painting on the sidebar. Of course I'm partial to pink though.

The Muse said...

My sister would faint...she adores Irises...and yours rival nature!

Jean Levert Hood said...

ohmygoodness, Nancy, this is sooo lush!! Wow!! Love the ones in your side bar too. An Iris farm - must be pretty close to heaven!

I've taken a workshop from Ann Templeton, and love how transparencies work in oils. Her DVDs and videos are like a mini workshop. Johnson's work is awesome.

Hugs to the Pugs!

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