Friday, August 27, 2010

Sneak Peek Friday

On my desk this week, I finally experimented with an effect that I've seen used by other artists.  I did an orange under painting, so it could show through in areas.  Using acrylic, the colors stay vibrant but dry very quickly.   

A Rose is a Rose, 6" x 6", acrylic on masonite (unfinished)
Here another example of how I use Picnik to improve my work.  When I first looked at this version in Picnik,  I thought the bottom flower was taking the viewer's eye out of the painting.  So I lifted it slighting to keep you from spiraling down and out.

Painting with viewfinder
This picture shows how I made a little view finder to focus on the roses I was painting ... oh my, all those petals.

A Rose is a Rose, 6"x 6", acrylic on masonite

 Just having fun playing with watercolor pencil on top. I'm in love with that turquoise color!

If you want to join us in the fun, just click on  "In the Studio"  and give it a try.


Artist Terri Smith said...

LOVE the effect the underpainting provided! This piece is sensational Diana!


Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Wow... what a fantastic piece Diana! I love the under painting showing through a bit, that is a neat technique! I loved that you showed us your steps!!

It was so much fun seeing what you are working on this week! Thank you so much for joining us! :)

Cha Cha said...

So very pretty, my favorite flower painted beautifully.

Cha Cha

carol gourley said...

Thanks for the compliment on my garden. Your roses are beautiful. Water colour is one of my favourite kinds of paintings. I can't believe you did that with the pencils. I just bought some awhile back. After seeing "A rose is a Rose" I cant' wait to give them a try. Thanks for more great info on Picnik.

Carola Bartz said...

I love the underpainting (and that it is orange) and I'm still amazed at your "Picnik-technique".

Melissa said...

What a great way to make the flowers pop out more. I love how much detail there is in the underpainting! Beautiful!

Life with Kaishon said...

I absolutely love your work. What a beautiful painting. So pretty and vibrant. I love that you tried something new. It turned out perfectly.

Jodene Shaw said...

How fun! Turquoise and orange are 2 of my fave colors to work with!!


Valerie Weller said...

Diana-- just L O V E this painting! I am so fond of the pencil work on top of your beautiful colors. I'm inspired!

Anonymous said...

I love the orange undercoat, (I've been using blue and some red for undercoat.)
I think the flowers are beautiful, I love the orange effect.