''LILY'' CloseUp

This is a "Work In Progress" - WIP - that I started in July of this beautiful Lily. I was not far from finished, and somehow got sidetracked onto some other things, and there on my work table it has sat, leaning against the wall ever since.

One of my goals this year is to get caught up on unfinished works, and to not leave new paintings thought I would post this here, to gently prod me to meet my goals, and show you what I'm working on.

I must tell you, I've never been a big fan of yellow flowers, I never buy them, I don't grow them, and never thought I would paint them!!! However, this one appealed to me, in it's very soft, lovely coloring, and it is a Tiger Lily, and a beauty. Also yellow flowers are hard to paint.
When mixing colors with yellow they can turn to "Mud" very I liked the challange!!! Hey.......I'm an emotional painter (so I've learned) I have to have some kind of emotional attachment to something before I'll try paint it, be it an animal, a flower, or a view of a valley, somethings got to grab me, and hold my interest, or I'll go on to better things, and that happens very quickly for me!! So big surprise!!!!! I like this yellow flower, and now I'm going to finish painting it. ( We're a weird bunch.........Us Artists) LOL :)

So onto the flower. It's a yellow Tiger Lily, doing it with Acrylics on 16x20 gallery wrapped Canvas.
I've not done a contrasting underlayer, that I often do with flowers, basically because of the color.....I don't want mud. This has about 5 or 6 layers on it in different areas already.
Now I'm starting to build up the contrasts and shadows, with many different colors of yellow, and mixtures.
Also, please disregard that horizontal line near the middle of the picture. I had to use my scanner and sew 4 photos together to get the photo, and the scanner did not like the yellow, and I had a hard time getting a decent photo........No Camera. :)

This is going to look great when it's finished. Luv that light soft lemon color!!!


Anonymous said...

Work in progress huh. Looks BEAUTIFUL to me. I've gotta see what you add! I love yellow flowers as well. I love all flowers but I love the happiness that comes along when I paint a yellow flower. If that makes sense. Anyway, wonderful post!

Shez said...

You've been away!!! Glad you're back. Thanks for dropping by. Just got the stamens etc. in the middle to do, and give it some spots, and a couple more glazes, and it will be done. Yes, I understand what you're saying. Some colors just influence us more than others, and yellow makes you happy!!

Helen's Art Studio said...

Good start Sharron, do finish ... and I love The Subtleties Of Life. I'm adding a link to my blog so I can send friends over when I finally get around to telling friends I have a blog. I've just started this venture and want to figure out what I'm doing before I start inviting guests.

Shez said...

Thank you Helen!!!! and Welcome.
You're doing good already, if you know how to link, and you already have RSS feed. I was the same, didn't tell anyone for a few months. If you need some help, just PM me and I'll do what I can. I will also add you to my Links. That Poem has been with me for a long time, very powerful, glad you like it, pass it along to friends.:) Shez

JafaBrit's Art said...

I think yellows are the hardest to work with, but wow, they are lovely when you can pull it off. This is looking real good. Oh, like your new template.

Shez said...

Thanks Corrine,I'm trying to keep the color soft, and hope to advert the danger.
I finally gave in totally and changed my blog to layouts. Still playing with the colors, but like the stretched out template, more room.
I really like yours, was going to ask you where you got it. Doesn't look like a blogger template?

Gina said...

Oh it's so beautiful!

Shez said...

Hello gina, thanks for the lovely comment and the visit. Will have to go and check out your place too.