Thursday, July 4, 2013

Tips on Painting Red Poppies by Dallas Arboretum Instructor Nancy Medina

Dreamers Three Poppies
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Archival Panel

This was such a popular post last month, I've decided to share it with you again!
Over 1000 folks have tuned in to read these tips on painting red poppies, and since
it's a red-hot Fourth of July in Texas today, the time is right to post these warm flowers.

Dreamers Three Poppies is the newest daily painting in Flower Mound Studio, and a study based on the poppies of Salt Lake City, Utah. One way to make the crenelated ridge lines of poppy petals appear realistic is to lay different values of reds next to one another. There are several ways to create new versions of this bright color. You can add alizarin crimson to cadmium red deep for a deep warm red. Alternatively, you can add permanent rose to cadmium red light to pull the red to a brighter value. 

Tickle the tips of your poppy petals,
with a lighter color ~
infuse them with a little glow!

The best way to lighten reds for the places where poppy petals catch the light is not to add white to your red. White is the color killer. Instead, use Naples yellow light. Finally, remember that like all flower petals, the tips of your poppy petals are thinner, and are a lighter, brighter value than the base of a poppy petal. Tickle the tips of your poppy petals with a lighter color, infuse them with a little glow. To learn more, put a little joy in your brush and join me for a flower painting workshop! Read more...

1 comment:

Tweedles -- that's me said...

sooooo beautiful!