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Title: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on September 01, 2012, 12:30:07 PM
In order for me to easily find and answer queries about this Lesson I will appreciate it if everyone will keep these  to this specific Lesson Posting only. This will also be of benefit to you as well in the future.  Thanks

Download Lesson 33 Template and Instructions (http://courses.paintbasket.com/handouts/watercolours-lesson33-strelitzia-template-instruction.pdf)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on September 02, 2012, 02:12:11 PM
Dennis-what makes a good "lifting" brush ?  All of my brushes are too floppy.

Another great lesson!  :thankyou:

Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: C.Bodine on September 02, 2012, 02:14:25 PM
Natalie, I can't believe you produced such a beautiful painting in such a short time! Bravo!!!!!! :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Lillian on September 02, 2012, 02:23:39 PM
WOW!   :congrats:  Very beautiful.  Nicely done!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: jennylynn on September 02, 2012, 02:28:45 PM
    well here's my version!!   enjoyed the paint along but not happy with it, will have to do anoither one!!!   Natalie yours is very well done  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: pnewcomer1 on September 02, 2012, 02:34:48 PM
Well done ladies you both have done an awesome job on your paintings   :clap: :clap: :clap:

Penny
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on September 02, 2012, 02:41:54 PM
Natalie ... Dennis is going to think you posted his!   ;D  Gorgeous, kudos to you for keeping up and producing such a marvelous painting.   O0
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on September 02, 2012, 02:46:50 PM
Jenny, super job keeping up and I think you did a fine job...wouldn't like to think of my creation! I'd have nightmares!   :heeha:
Good job on the flower and the leaves are great.   O0   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: SunRai on September 02, 2012, 03:10:16 PM
Wow!  Natalie and Jennylynn - Nice painting!  I can't imagine painting along.  Especially this one!  I'm still working on the Arums!  Maybe someday I'll get to that level of skill.  You both amaze me!

-Pat
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bhavna on September 02, 2012, 03:55:03 PM
Natalie and Jennylynn very nice painting. You guys are awesome.  :clap:
:clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Lillian on September 02, 2012, 04:19:15 PM
Jennylynn!  Good for you painting along as well!  Very nice!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on September 02, 2012, 04:28:35 PM
 :thankyou:

Jennylynn I like your painting!  Your leaves are especially well done!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: C.Bodine on September 02, 2012, 06:21:01 PM
Jennylynn, nice job! I don't know how you guys keep up!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Tousabella on September 02, 2012, 06:57:03 PM
Terrific job, Ladies!! :flowers:    :flowers:     They are beautiful, and I love the colors. Hooray.... :cheering:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on September 02, 2012, 07:13:42 PM
Natalie, a beautiful painting - lots of character  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Jenny, A short while ago you were too scared  :heeha: to do a paint-along - and look what you are doing now - and you did that with speed. Well done  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Tousabella on September 03, 2012, 04:43:18 PM
Hi Ncwren;   I have some Daler Rowney brushes that are firm and keep a point. They aren't expensive ones, and they work great....a six and an eight is what I'm using.  I's sure like to find some more, but not having too much luck. I found a couple of D R brushes at Walmart and two of the six I bought are great, too.
Good luck hunting.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: eftpower1 on September 03, 2012, 06:02:39 PM
What an experience to open this discussion and see the amazing painting you two did.

I was unable to participate, so i had no idea what the subject looked like.....

And there are you two paintings     :clap: :clap: :clap:

I am amazed at what you both accomplished!

Feeling a little intimidated and excited about doing this one
Brian
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: polliwag on September 03, 2012, 06:05:18 PM
Natalie, Jennylynn.. excellent job on a paint-along.  I was not able to watch this but I am anxious to give it a try as soon as I am back at home.  Very admirable. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Karen on September 03, 2012, 09:50:34 PM
I love the colour in both your paintings, Natalie and Jennylynne and you have great paint along skills! I would love to have painted along too but I'm off to Japan for a couple of months and the lessons will be too early in the morning for me. I'll have to be happy with the replays.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: jennylynn on September 04, 2012, 12:53:21 AM
 :thankyou:  all for your lovely comments brian and polliwag  looking forward to seeing yours,know that they are going to be real good!  karen enjoy your couple of months in japan, my brother lived in tokyo for 10 yrs teaching english and enjoyed every minute. 
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on September 04, 2012, 06:08:02 AM
Thanks Bella-I'll keep my eyes open.  I have a good variety, but they are either too chunky or floppy for the kind of lifting Dennis was doing.

 :thankyou: to everyone else!  I'm also looking forward to seeing everyone's work.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Lillian on September 05, 2012, 05:04:14 AM
Here is my Strelitzia painting.

Any suggestions for change? 

I've only seen these in real life when we were in Hawaii many years ago.  They are very stunning!

I stretched the paper on my wooden TV table, using the paper tape as Dennis taught in the video.
The paper had minor hills and valleys while painting, but is flat now after drying.  So the procedure was a success.  I will finish using up the quarter sheets of W&N? paper I bought ages ago, rather than fighting with that low grade paper I've been using. 

If I ever want to do larger paintings, I'll have to look into getting a larger board.

It still took me much longer than Dennis to paint the picture. 
I really don't think I can do a paint along and I salute all those who turn out such beauties within minutes of the end of the class.   :congrats:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: polliwag on September 05, 2012, 05:42:31 AM
Looks beautiful, Lillian!  I knew it would!
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: C.Bodine on September 05, 2012, 06:36:05 AM
Lillian, I love the bright, vivid colors! :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on September 05, 2012, 06:46:17 AM
Very nicely done Lillian   :clap:   :clap:  Glad your paper stretching went well for you. I have never been able to get the sticky paper tape so I had to buy a commercial one. It's easy and there is a local carpenter here in the village so I am hopeful he can make me a couple of duplicates in different sizes.
I can't wait to work my way up to these wonderful flowers....so tempting to skip all the rest but one must have discipline. (even though I did jump forward and do the w/c pencils!)   :whistle:   ;D
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on September 05, 2012, 06:46:42 AM
Looks beautiful Lillian!  :)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: anki on September 05, 2012, 07:16:27 AM
Amazing painting Lillian!  :congrats: I find it so harmonious and balanced in its colors. I have never had the pleasure to see them in Hawaii. You are lucky.   O0
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Lillian on September 05, 2012, 07:45:06 AM
 :thankyou: each and all, Dianne, C.B., Val, Natalie and Anki for your kind comments.

I just did my internet banking, just one more thing to keep me away from what I love doing best.   :thumbdown:

Now I'm back to read my unread posts before they quickly become 2 pages long. 

Dianne, I hope your moving chores go easier than you think.  Just maybe you'll be able to squeeze in some time to paint and/orbefore your trip.

C.B., it was great you could take in the class yesterday.

Natalie, you were first up with the paint along  :cheering: and what a fantastic job you did! I love the alizarin in the lower background.  It really unifies the background and the flower.

Val, you must be torn between drawing and painting.   :-\  I know I was when I was going through the drawing course.  I'm looking forward to seeing what you do next, what ever the choice you make.  I love your paintings and drawings and you give good advice and encouragement here.  Also,  :thankyou: for all the chuckles and belly laughs.

Anki, I can't take credit for the color choices or the composition.  That's Dennis' domain in these exercises, but I had fun doing this and it was much less struggle on this paper.


Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Tousabella on September 05, 2012, 08:11:59 AM
Lillian....wonderful job!!   :cheering:  Your blending and shading is really outstanding. Terrific...will look great on your wall!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: anki on September 05, 2012, 08:20:16 AM
Lillian, sorry, I did not want to take Dennis place.  I just meant that I like it.  Hope you did not misunderstand me. :)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Lillian on September 05, 2012, 08:21:21 AM
Bella,  :thankyou:   :1hug:

I have no more wall space!  I just prop each lesson up on my little easel and think about what I could have done differently.  Then the next one takes its place.  My file is getting thicker! 

I can't believe I'm actually caught up with the lessons and I'm really looking forward to the daffodils. 

Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Lillian on September 05, 2012, 08:27:07 AM
Ahhhh, Anki!  I do understand!  And  :thankyou: again for coming by with your kind comment!   :1hug: :1hug:

If any of these lessons turn out half decent, I give all the credit to Dennis.

My ego has a huge hunger for praise, so when you see something I post that's all my own, lay it on girl!   :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: anki on September 05, 2012, 08:35:27 AM
Ok Thanks Lillian :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on September 05, 2012, 12:02:08 PM

If any of these lessons turn out half decent, I give all the credit to Dennis.

I feel the same way Lillian!  This place is the best!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: NHC50 on September 06, 2012, 10:46:12 AM
DEAR LILLIAN,
WHAT IS THERE TO CHANGE? I THINK IT IS FINE . I DO UNDERSTAND ABOUT NO ROOM ON THE WALLS.BUT I DO HAVE DEEP DRAWERS TO PUT THEM IN.  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
NINA  :flowers:

SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU LAUGH

Just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospitals swimming pool. Ralph suddendly jumped into the deep end  and stayed there. Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out. When the nurse director became aware of this. She immediately ordered Edna to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.
When she went to tell Edna the news she said, "Edna, I have good and bad news. The good news is you're being discharged since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving a life of the person you love. I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness. The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him, I am sorry, but he is dead."
Edna replied, " He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry. How soon can I go home."
 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Happy mental health day.
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: jennylynn on September 06, 2012, 11:00:24 AM
Lillian your strelitzia is AWESOME  I like everything about it, and the leaves are amazing!!!!   really well donecan't wait to see your daffodils  O0   Nina love your story sure put a smile on my face after a real bad day lol   
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: SunRai on September 06, 2012, 11:32:10 AM
Nina - love your humor  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

Some days I just need a laugh!  :thankyou:

-Pat
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: polliwag on September 06, 2012, 11:49:51 AM
Lillian.. when you come to visit, hopefully I will have beautiful bird of paradise in bloom and you can paint one while sitting on my lanai!!

 :offtopic:  I am sitting in McDonalds near Memphis, Tn. waiting for a wheel bearing to be replaced.  Our trip has not started off so well... However, I get a chance to catch up on pb. ;D ;D
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: C.Bodine on September 06, 2012, 12:46:30 PM
Nina, too funny!

Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on September 06, 2012, 01:09:44 PM
 :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Lillian on September 06, 2012, 05:21:39 PM
 :thankyou: Jennylynn   :1hug:

Nina! Funny Girl!   :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:   :thankyou: for the chuckles.   :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: polliwag on September 06, 2012, 08:22:56 PM
 :2funny: Thanks for the laugh Nina!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: NHC50 on September 07, 2012, 07:55:03 AM
Thanks everbody. Glad you liked my little chuckle.
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: C.Bodine on September 07, 2012, 09:12:21 AM
I did this about 4 days ago, but hesitated about posting it!  I know I keep saying it, but I really struggle with the greenery in all my paintings!! Very frustrating.  Also, I don't understand why my Ultramarine leaves a chalky appearance like it is trying to seperate. I mix it everytime I dip my brush into it and it still does it!

Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Lillian on September 07, 2012, 09:53:06 AM
 :congrats:  Very well done, C!   :clap: :clap: :clap:

Your greens look good, can't imagine why you wouldn't be happy with it.  Your flower is fantastic!

The untramarine blue is a sedimentary paint and has very fine granules in it.  They don't seem to apply evenly to the paper because the granules tend to gather in some places more than others.  You did well controlling the paint in your background.  I find I always have the tendency to go back into the wet area and try to smooth out the paint and that ends up to be the wrong thing to do.  The best way is to mix the paint well on the pallet before applying it to the paper, just as you said.

I found that the wide brush made doing the background easier and gave better results.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: SunRai on September 07, 2012, 10:39:06 AM
Yes, Lillian, I used a wide brush for the background on my last painting (Arums), and it was a lot easier for me to control the paint without all the streaking and puddling.

Also, the way Dennis showed, in one of the classes, to leave that bead along the bottom and keep drawing it down (and not go back up into it again  :smiley6600: ), really helped me to get a smoother background.  Of course, sometimes a very mottled background is more what I might want, but I'm glad I had some success with the larger brush when I tried for a smooth backgrouind.

I love how each time I learn another technique, or understand one better than before.  It's so exciting!

-Pat
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Tousabella on September 07, 2012, 10:50:22 AM
C...Don't be so hard on yourself!!  I know...we are our worst critics, but you did a great job and the leaves are lovely. The texture on them is perfect. You did a great painting.  I'm so glad you posted it.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: SunRai on September 07, 2012, 11:33:34 AM
C. Bodine - I love your Strelitzia!  I think the colors are beautiful, and the background looks just fine.  I got side-tracked by the wide-brush comments, and forgot to mention the beautiful painting!

I know we are so critical of ourselves, see all that we think is wrong or sub-par.  But, when others take a look, they see the whole, not those little details we get so hung up on! And, I'm preaching this to myself, as well!!  I think we are all doing a great job, learning at our own pace, but more importantly, we are enjoying what we are doing!

-Pat
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on September 07, 2012, 12:08:01 PM
 :confused: Your greens look good to me as well.

I like sedimentary paints because they do that.  I guess I'm  :idiot2:

It's a lovely painting CBodine!  :)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on September 07, 2012, 12:11:37 PM
Quote
I love how each time I learn another technique, or understand one better than before.  It's so exciting!

Good advice  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on September 07, 2012, 12:35:02 PM
Lovely job on the flower C.   O0  Once again...   :knuppel2:  nothing 'wrong' with the background or the colour of your leaves. They are just fine. Just wait until you paint a 'bad' one ... trust me ... we'll be sure to let you know   >:D  so relax and enjoy.   ;D
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: NHC50 on September 07, 2012, 12:42:51 PM

ONLY A GRANDMOTHER WOULD KNOW..
 
One day my Gramma was out, and my Grampa was in charge of me. I was maybe 2 1/2 years old. Someone had given me a little 'tea set' as a gift, and it was one of my favorite toys.
 
Here is another one for you. enjoy.   :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Nina  :flowers:


Grampa was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought him a little cup of 'tea', which was just water. After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Gramma came home.
 
My Grampa made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was 'just the cutest thing!' Gramma waited, and sure enough, here I came down the hall with a cup of tea for Grampa, and she watched him drink it up.
 
Then she said, (as only a gramma would know), "'Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water, is the toilet?"
                     IF YOU SEND IT ON YOU CAN MAKE ANOTHER
                     GRANDPARENT SMILE ....

 
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on September 07, 2012, 12:54:56 PM
No tea for me if I come to visit...thanks all the same.   :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: jennylynn on September 07, 2012, 01:12:18 PM
C your painting is beautiful the flower and the leaves  O0   and the background is well done too so glad that you posted it !      nina your story had me in fits my hubby had to come in to see what was going on lol  so funny  :clap: :clap: :clap:  but like val said no tea for me either lol
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: C.Bodine on September 07, 2012, 02:22:42 PM
Thank you, Lillian, for the info on the ultramarine.  I have had that happen on several paintings!

Yes, Pat, we tend to be really hard on ourselves.  It is so difficult not to compare what we do to others! I tell myself I am progressing each time I do one. That's all that should matter, but human nature is what it is!! ??? Thank you, Lillian, Pat, Nina, Val, Natalie and Rhetta.

I have heard that one before, Nina!! Very funny!

Here is another one.
 
Grampa was working in the yard when his 6 year old grandson came out and asked him if he could make a sound like a frog.  Being very busy, grampa shooed him away. A little while later the grandson comes back out. "Grandpa, can you make a frog sound now?" Once again, grandpa says, "Go inside with grandma." After a while, grandpa finished his yard work and was sitting on the porch.  The grandson comes out to give grandpa a glass of lemonaide.  "Grandpa, now that you are done, can you make a frog sound?" A little frustrated, grandpa asks,"Son, what is your obsession with me making a frog sound?" "Well", said the grandson,"Grandma said when you croaked we could go to Disneyworld!"
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Lillian on September 07, 2012, 03:05:28 PM
Nina and C.  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: NHC50 on September 07, 2012, 03:44:22 PM
C. That one is funny. I think i heard that one before, but still worth reading. C. Also nice job on your Flower.  O0 O0 :clap: :clap:
NIna  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: SunRai on September 07, 2012, 05:41:20 PM
Nina and C. - those are too funny!   :2funny: 

My dad always said laughter was the best medicine, and every time we visited he would make sure to show us funny videos he would tape.  There is a real funny one about a woman reporter and turkeys that he always showed at Thanksgiving. I think you could Google it and still find it!

Here's a true story about tea.  My Dad loved his tea every morning, noon and night.  He would reuse the tea bag all day - he liked it pretty weak.  We used to tease him about that and my Mom always said she might as well give him hot water.  We were having dinner with an Aunt, and she put my Dad's tea cup in front of him.  It was one of those that is cream color on the outside and brown on the inside.  Well, my dad drank his tea and was happy as could be with it.  Then we noticed that my Aunt had placed the tea bag on the side, on the saucer.  Dad hadn't even noticed that he hadn't put the tea bag into his hot water - Proving my Mom's point!!  We laughed for years about that, and never let him forget it!!

-Pat
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on September 07, 2012, 05:46:18 PM
This thread is going  :offtopic:

Please use the relevant chat area. Thanks.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: SunRai on September 07, 2012, 05:53:06 PM
 :blush:   :idiot2:  :doh:  Sorry Dennis - I'll try to be good!   :peace:

-Pat
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: C.Bodine on September 07, 2012, 07:47:34 PM
 :blush: oops! :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: lynn p. on September 08, 2012, 03:17:00 AM
Yes, I agree.  All of these lovely Bird of Paradise!! I think those of us who don't take the watercolor classes can see how great a job you are doing.  I don't know anything abt all the little nuances that you struggle with, just that I see beautiful paintings :cheering: :cheering:

Rita, I agree that it is always fascinating that a whole class of people, even sitting in the same room can paint the same thing and have them all look beautiful and unique.  They say your brush stroke is your individual signature.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Leana on September 08, 2012, 10:25:49 AM
Wow... all these strelitzia's are sooo beautiful!  Just thinking...if I gather them all, I can have a really nice flower arrangement.  Super job all!!!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: tina verpoorten on September 11, 2012, 09:42:33 AM
Hello everybody,
This time I tried a paintalong with the replay video,  :( but I find Dennis terribly fast to follow. I needed to stop several times ... and my problem was how to mesure the right quantity of water and mixture ? because I'm always too short  :-\
Nevertheless here is my work, it is not my best one. You guys have done suche a great job  :clap:

Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on September 11, 2012, 09:47:27 AM
Fabulous work Tina   :clap:   :clap:  You did an amazing job with the blending. I should say you have definately attained 'artiste' status.   :clap:   :clap:   O0
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: tina verpoorten on September 11, 2012, 10:11:59 AM
Thank you Val :blush: I really didn't expect such a kind comment about my strelitzia, it is encouraging indead. I'm still trying to get this status, you are giving me ;) and with Dennis classes and advices I hope to get it one day.

 :1hug:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: NHC50 on September 11, 2012, 11:00:15 AM
Tina, what is wrong with your Strelitiza? I see nothing wrong. You did a good job. Give yourself a pat on the back.
 O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on September 11, 2012, 12:29:01 PM
It's beautiful Tina!  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Lillian on September 11, 2012, 05:12:41 PM
Tina, I can't see a thing wrong with your painting!  In fact, I have to say you did a fantastic job!   :clap: :clap: :clap:

Tina, it takes me 3 times as long as the replay to accomplish any of the paintings!  It's really beyond me how anyone can do a painting in 2 hours.  I really don't care if I ever become a fast painter though, I love every minute of it just the same.

I once asked Dennis how he gets his little paint puddles to stretch so far.  He wasn't able to give away his secrets there.   :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:  I think he just said something like judging the amount comes with experience.  I always end up having to mix more and what I have mixed tends to dry on my pallet and I have to use my little spray bottle.  It's really not a battle, but I always hope I have enough mixed to finish a background.

The background in your painting is very well done.  It's so evenly painted!  Nice work!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: C.Bodine on September 11, 2012, 06:55:55 PM
Beautiful job, Tina!! It your colors look so clean!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on September 12, 2012, 02:30:46 AM
Tina, I agree with the others, you have done an excellent job.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: jennylynn on September 12, 2012, 08:13:27 AM
tina what more can i say than AWESOME  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: SunRai on September 12, 2012, 03:36:22 PM
Tina - I think this is a beautiful Bird-of-Paradise (Strelitzia)!  You did a nice job on it.   :clap:

I haven't painted along with a live class yet. but have tried with the Cosmos and the Arums replays.  I have to stop, rewind, go forward a little, stop, rewind, etc!  It's not really a paint-along, but at least I can see what he is doing.  When I stop to mix paint or put brush to paper, I look away, and then I'm behind again  :sweat:.  But, I love being able to do that for now, and maybe one of these days I'll be able to do a live class paint-along!

-Pat
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Rkymtnmary on September 12, 2012, 04:19:17 PM
Horrible!  Mistakes galore!  No hope I'm afraid!

Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Lillian on September 12, 2012, 04:50:32 PM
Oh there's hope!  :hug:  You did a super nice job on the flower, especially the yellow spikey things, don't know the botanical name.   :-\

Keep going!  If you continue in the dark blue background, you'll see how the leaves and flower will just jump off the page at you!   :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Rkymtnmary on September 12, 2012, 04:56:20 PM
Thank you, Lillian...actually, for a flower I've never seen before, it was going along somewhat ok...UNTIL the background.  I lost some of the flower's outlines because I was clumsy with the big brush and maybe, if I'd stood on my head once I turned it upside to let the paint, I might have made out better...lol.  So then I added the dark blue whatever it is and said that's it.  This has NOT been a good run....LOL!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: SunRai on September 12, 2012, 05:52:20 PM
Mary - I agree with Lillian!  There is hope for this painting!  The flower looks nice. :clap:  The background, not so at the moment :2funny:

But, like Lillian said, if you finish with a darker background, I think the flower will POP! 

I think Dennis said that you could put Frisket on once the paint is dry, so maybe you could outline the edges of the flower with Frisket, and then you can do the background without worrying about ruining the flower.  But, you could do the background without it if you're careful.  ASK DENNS FIRST because I'm no expert!

Don't give up!  I think the flower is worth saving!  But, I do know that sometimes I just want to let something go and start over, because that's easier for me!  Either way, you've  learned, and now you know what a Strelitzia is!

-Pat
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on September 12, 2012, 05:58:38 PM
The flowers and leaves look great!  Keep plugging along.  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: C.Bodine on September 12, 2012, 06:35:30 PM
Mary, you did a good job on your flower and leaves!  :clap:  :clap: I bet the same method Dennis demonstated for removing paint would work for you to adjust the background! You would just be addding paint instead of removing it.  Did you see that demo? It worked GREAT on removing the background from one of mine. Word of warning!! Make sure to seal the edges very well! I did get some water underneath, but it turned out to look like a pattern in the leaf so it was ok!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Rkymtnmary on September 12, 2012, 06:47:48 PM
Pat, Natalie, C....I love all your suggestions and not sure which (if not ALL...LOL) should be done.  I don't think I saw that video, C. and wondering how I missed it.  I'm looking forward to the day when BOTH the subject AND the background come out right but so far, that's been elusive.  So frustrating!  Thank you all so much for your encouragement. 
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: C.Bodine on September 12, 2012, 07:38:19 PM
Mary, you take the clear contact paper and cover the entire picture. Then use your knife to outline the flower and leaves. Remove the extra from the background.  Then you can clean the background using a spray bottle or in your case maybe add a background without messing up the part you want to keep. It is on the daffodil lesson.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: jennylynn on September 13, 2012, 12:03:58 AM
mary there's nothing wrong with your strelitzia, ok you can improve the background O0  do as i did with the daffodils it really does work a treat if your careful,  know you can do it have faith  :)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Rkymtnmary on September 13, 2012, 08:23:52 AM
Mary, you take the clear contact paper and cover the entire picture. Then use your knife to outline the flower and leaves. Remove the extra from the background.  Then you can clean the background using a spray bottle or in your case maybe add a background without messing up the part you want to keep. It is on the daffodil lesson.

Well, no wonder I missed it, C.  I didn't know it was within the daffodil lesson which I just got this morning and thank you because now I don't have to search!  There's one little problem...LOL..remember the knife affair?   :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Rkymtnmary on September 13, 2012, 08:26:18 AM
mary there's nothing wrong with your strelitzia, ok you can improve the background O0  do as i did with the daffodils it really does work a treat if your careful,  know you can do it have faith  :)

Aw, Jennylynn...THANK YOU!  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: C.Bodine on September 13, 2012, 08:27:31 AM
 ;D Be gentle, Mary!!! ;D
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Rkymtnmary on September 13, 2012, 08:35:00 AM
LOL, C.!  Farewellllll, little strelitizia!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: C.Bodine on September 13, 2012, 08:54:28 AM
 :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Lillian on September 13, 2012, 09:59:46 AM
Mary!   :nono: Not Farewell, Hello!  Make that flower pop!

Just put masking fluid over the outline of the flower and leaves and go to it!  You can do it!

I don't recommend the knife!  :2funny:   :1hug:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Rkymtnmary on September 13, 2012, 10:04:35 AM
LOL, Lillian!  Sharpening it now!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on September 13, 2012, 02:26:08 PM
 :heeha:  911 - 911    :2funny:
Mary I beseech you, put down that knife.  :death:  Just carefully paint in your dark blue background...you can do this...  :eyesclosed:  Just kidding, probably better if you keep your eyes open!   ;D
The flower looks just fine, I know Dennis will have some excellent advice for you none of which will include slashing!
Good job there, I wish you wouldn't be so tough on yourself. You're better than you think.   O0
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Rkymtnmary on September 13, 2012, 03:37:41 PM
 :thankyou: Val...as I look at it, it looks to me that the only solution is to do what you said - painting the entire thing in that dark blue because at least I'm not seeing any streakings in what's done...it should take me about a month of Sundays since I reverted back to that after using the wide brush so I guess I should just stick with that one.  But thank you for your enthusiastic endorsement!  You're right...I should be less critical of myself...trying..trying...trying...but laughter sure helps!  Thanks again, Val.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ImBatman on September 23, 2012, 01:22:59 AM
Hi everyone

Here is my take on a Strelitzia. Let me know what you think.

A Strelitzia - Bird of Paradise
A Strelitzia - Bird of Paradise



Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Lillian on September 23, 2012, 04:11:21 AM
I like it, Batman!   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Your painting has good depth.  The flower really stands out, then the broad leaf and then the two back leaves.

You have style!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Riya on September 23, 2012, 06:05:11 AM
Batman, your Bird of Paradise looks great, I like the colours, vibrant as always. Well done!!!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on September 23, 2012, 06:18:09 AM
Beautiful painting Batman!  :)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on September 23, 2012, 07:18:42 AM
 O0   :clap:   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ImBatman on September 24, 2012, 12:28:08 AM
Thanks Lillian, Rita, ncwren and Val.

There is actually some flowering down the road in a carpark garden outside the local KFC, so if I get a better day (crappy overcast and a bit drizzly today unfortunately) in the next few, I might head on down to get some photos to work from for some of my own paintings.

Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on September 24, 2012, 12:53:17 AM
Excellent, Batman  :clap: :clap: :clap: Just one small area to fix up. Just lightly, with a damp brush, blend some of the flower colour into the very white stripe at the bottom of the flower to show a reflection coming off from the ground.  O0  Well done.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ImBatman on September 24, 2012, 01:22:58 AM
Thanks Dennis, I've updated it. I hope that was what you meant...

Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on September 24, 2012, 01:24:22 AM
That's exactly what I meant  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ImBatman on September 24, 2012, 08:33:15 AM
:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

Thanks for helping me fix it up Dennis.

Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Tousabella on September 27, 2012, 03:14:48 PM
Finally got a camera for my pictures.
I liked doing this one, but didn't get the amount of colors in that Dennis had in the class.

Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: SunRai on September 27, 2012, 04:14:40 PM
Tousabella - this is a nice painting.  The color are nice and soft, and very pretty!   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on September 27, 2012, 04:22:30 PM
Nicely done Bella   :clap:   :clap:  Will have to try posting some photos again. Net is still quite slow...I know just what to do... :knuppel2:   ;D
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: SunRai on September 27, 2012, 04:35:53 PM
I've got my Strelitzia almost done - one leaf to go!

I've been struggling with a Rotator Cuff injury to my left shoulder, I'm left-handed.  :thumbdown:  I still have been able to paint, but have to limit my time.  Now, somehow I've dislocated a rib, and can hardly move  :tickedoff:  :'(  The pain is pretty severe, and the pain meds don't help the pain, but keep me groggy and unable to focus very well.   :eek:  :confused:  So, my painting is just sitting there staring at me.  I've been in PT for 9 months, and now more for my ribs.  I hope I can move enough to paint pretty soon.  I'll still take the live classes, and just have a bigger backlog of things to work on.  :heeha: Hopefully, in a week or so, I'll be back to painting again.  :painting:

I'll check in when my mind isn't foggy!  Please know that I love to see all the paintings being posted.  I don't get to compliment everyone, and hate to miss anyone.  I just don't have time to check on all the post, and some get by me.  So, GOOD JOB everyone - you're painting, and that's what matters!  And, welcome to all the new PB members!  I'll enjoy seeing you in classes, and as you participate in the forum and post your work, I'll get to know you better!  I do love this wonderful "family" - even the crazy ones  :idiot2: :2funny:  :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on September 27, 2012, 04:38:45 PM
even the crazy ones

 :boat:  :whistle:

I hope you feel better soon Sunrai!  :1hug:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: lynn p. on September 27, 2012, 04:43:38 PM
Oh Pat, I hate to hear of your struggles.  I do so enjoy your posts and know how hard it is not to be able to paint.  My prayers are with you and I hope that you will be at it soon.  :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on September 28, 2012, 12:06:58 AM
Bella, to get the colours brighter you need to use a stronger pigment with less water. Otherwise nice going  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Pat, I hope you will soon be up and about and much better.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Lillian on September 28, 2012, 03:56:38 AM
Bella,  :congrats: on your strelitzia painting  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Pat, I hope your shoulder improves soon and lets you enjoy painting.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on September 28, 2012, 01:03:42 PM
I do love this wonderful "family" - even the crazy ones  :idiot2: :2funny:  :hug:
:confused:

even the crazy ones

 :boat:  :whistle:

 :confused:   ???  What's with the boat?   ::)    :2funny:

Hoping for a speedy recovery for you Pat.    :goofy:   :nana:   :boat:   :heeha:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: SunRai on September 28, 2012, 02:30:25 PM
Yea, the boat?  I kinda wondered who it might be referring to  :whistle:

Today I'm taking it real easy - no granddaughter today.  I was able to sleep some, and then moved to the recliner for awhile.  Then - I decided to try finishing my Strelitzia.  It's done!!  :clap: :yippee: :)


Thanks everyone  :thankyou: for the well-wishes.  I'm in pain, and taking pain meds, but taking it easy makes things a bit better.  This will probably be something that takes awhile to heal, so who knows how it will go.  I'll be painting whenever I have a little less pain and am not too groggy from the meds! :sleep:

I'll be "in class" on Sunday, so see you all there!  Yes, I did note the time change!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Lillian on September 28, 2012, 04:28:55 PM
Beautiful paintng, Pat!   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Sorry to hear you have pain.  I hope you are finding that your painting time helps take your mind off of it.

I wish you a speedy and complete recovery.   :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on September 28, 2012, 06:09:25 PM
It's beautiful Pat!  :)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on September 28, 2012, 11:04:19 PM
Pat - Magnificent  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: SunRai on September 29, 2012, 10:45:18 AM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: Lillian, Natalie and Dennis. :hug:

I do love to paint, and it helps take my mind off the pain, better than the Vicodin does!  So, less meds and more painting!!! :yippee:  Today I'm going to start on the Daffodils.  Once Monday comes, I'll be busy with Sundis again, so hopefully I'll get lots done this weekend - especially since I can't do any housework! :2funny:

Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: lynn p. on September 29, 2012, 10:53:11 AM
Yes Pat, this is magnificent.  What a great relief painting is!! Hope you have less pain this week. :)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on September 29, 2012, 02:48:31 PM
 :heeha:  WOW Pat! Beautiful work here, bright vivid colours, the background is super.   :clap:   :clap:
I see you've signed it....now hang it!   ;D
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bhavna on February 03, 2013, 08:51:32 AM
Trying to catchup with water color remaining classes. here is my Strelitzia :)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: jennylynn on February 03, 2013, 09:01:01 AM
bhavna  it's gorgeous  O0   i love the way you did the background and the flower itself is amazing really really well done  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Sarah (arch) on February 03, 2013, 10:13:46 AM
These two paintings should be beautiful hung together!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on February 03, 2013, 10:47:25 AM
I must finish mine when I get home. Beatiful rendition Bhavna  :clap: :clap:  Excellent colourings, looks just like the ones we have growing wild in Guatemala. Very well done.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: polliwag on February 03, 2013, 11:00:37 AM
Don't you love them, Val... I'm homesick for you to get home! :'(
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bhavna on February 03, 2013, 06:03:54 PM
 :thankyou: Jennlynn, Sarah, Val and Polliwag.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Lillian on February 03, 2013, 06:37:58 PM
Excellent job on the strelitzia, Bhavna!   :smitten:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bhavna on February 04, 2013, 04:15:44 AM
Thanks Lillian
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: NHC50 on February 04, 2013, 10:20:01 AM
Pat this is a nice painting. Good job.  O0 O0 O0
Bhavna You did a good job on yours too.  O0 O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bhavna on February 04, 2013, 11:05:13 AM
Thank you Nina
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bhavna on February 06, 2013, 07:00:16 AM
Re-posting as it seems Dennis missed my post  :D
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bev S. on February 06, 2013, 02:07:01 PM
 :heeha: :clap: :clap: :clap: Excellent!!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on February 06, 2013, 06:57:39 PM
Very well painted, Bhavna. Great improvement in your painting ability  :clap: :clap: :clap:

It is not that I miss posts, it is because of the Forum getting larger and larger it is coming to a stage where I see but do not always have the time to comment. I comment when I have the time and will normally now do so where I see something that needs to be corrected.
I put a lot of time and effort into the online classes and the PDF's so that you can have the best we can offer. We did not originally have the PDF's. These are actually free bonuses.

I also have studio classes during the day and evenings at my studio at home.
 :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bhavna on February 08, 2013, 06:14:59 AM
Thanks Dennis.


Sorry to bother you. I know you and Nolan both are very busy providing us best lessons and PDFs. I would like you to thank you for opening this forum and for giving us opportunity to learn from you :flowers: . I was always intreated in learning painting but joining class with my hectic work schedule was not possible. I almost give-up my interest until i found PAINTBASKET.COM :) .


I super like attending class on PB :crazy2: ...Once again  :thankyou:

Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on February 08, 2013, 02:03:32 PM
Thank you for understanding  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Denise808 on March 05, 2013, 04:01:28 PM
Just took a quick look through this thread - everyone did such a great job on the Strelitzia :clap:
I just finished mine and can't decide if I like it or not ??? . I think the background and especially the middle leaf bothers me. But, Dennis will be teaching something about fixing up a background in the next lesson so there's still hope!! As always, Dennis comes to the rescue :) ...
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Sarah (arch) on March 05, 2013, 04:07:39 PM
Fixing up a background?? In lesson 24??? If so I need to do that lesson. Thanks Denise!! Oh, I like your background here. And your flower is well done, I think. We don't have them here, and I am not a big fan of them for some reason. But your watercolor work is well done.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Denise808 on March 05, 2013, 04:34:53 PM
Hey Sarah, thanks! The next lesson is actually painting Daffodils. If I understood correctly, Dennis will just be inserting this "fixing up a background" info into this lesson.
I'm not a big fan of these Bird of Paradise flowers either although we do have a ton of them around. They are definitely not your soft delicate type of flower. They're really hardy, thick and sort of waxy and last a long time as cuttings. They work really well in nice big arrangements in hotels and stuff like that ... gee, for someone who doesn't care for these things I sure went on about them :P
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Lillian on March 05, 2013, 04:39:17 PM
Denise, I think you did a fine job on your strelitzia.   :clap: :clap: :clap:

You've captured the look of the flower in front of the big leaf, and the two leaves on either side behind that.

It all looks to me to be very well done and a lovely painting.   :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: polliwag on March 05, 2013, 05:13:35 PM
You did a nice job on this painting.  I like the foliage to be a little brighter colors, but I think they were more light in the lesson, right?  Anyway, it looks great.  I am very partial to Birds of Paradise...and all tropical exotic flowers!
 
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bev S. on March 06, 2013, 03:23:03 AM
 :clap: :clap:   I love the Strelizia/Bird of Paradise! And, I think yours is lovely!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Denise808 on March 06, 2013, 09:47:39 AM
 :thankyou: ladies :thankyou:
 
Sarah, so I kind of misunderstood the fixing a bg thing but not totally. Dennis taught a technique on how you could correct two Strelitzia leaves by removing color. I would think you could use it to fix almost anything including a background though... :)
 
Dianne, yes the leaves in the lesson was a different/brighter green than mine. Although my pic looks more grey than my actual painting, it's still not like the lesson. It may have more to do with the hilights at the top of the leaf  ??? .
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: njnjgirl on March 06, 2013, 11:55:43 AM
Denise, I don't know why you think this needs to be fixed?  As far as I can see, no fixing needed.  Your flower jumps right up off the paper., I love it! I think it is very well done.   :smitten: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Denise808 on March 06, 2013, 02:35:12 PM
awe, thanks Mary Lou :) . I actually think the colors look better in the picture I posted. In real life though, the blue is kinda funky and it really bothers me. The shade of blue I created just doesn't complement the flower at all. I've turned the painting over so I cant see it! - it bothers me that much :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: polliwag on March 06, 2013, 02:54:38 PM
Denise, don't worry, it's art.... you can make those centers really any color you want to... how bout pink?? ;)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Denise808 on March 06, 2013, 04:29:13 PM
Dianne, the blue I was talking about was the blue background, not the thingie in the middle. . . .Oh no! does that mean the thingie in the middle looks wierd too!!?? :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Doesn't matter, I'm just packing this one away ;D  happily on to another project.....
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: polliwag on March 06, 2013, 07:13:39 PM
No, Denise, I don't think the "thingies" in the middle are the wrong blue..As a matter of fact, they are commonly different colors of blue... thus another reason you could paint them a different blue. I just thought  you were talking about the "thingies"!  I think the background looks fine.  Don't pack it away.  It looks good.  ....but forget about the pink...just kidding about the pink.. unless of course you want to do an abstract contemporary kind of thingie!!
 ;D :D
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Denise808 on March 06, 2013, 07:43:49 PM
yeah, I think I'll go for neon magenta pink!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on March 07, 2013, 01:22:27 AM
Denise, there is nothing wrong with your flower at all nor the background :clap: :clap: :clap:
Those are the natural colours and you also see against  blue sky. O0
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: njnjgirl on March 07, 2013, 03:34:47 AM
There ya go, Denise.  Dennis doesn't see anything wrong either.  O0 :tongue:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bev S. on March 07, 2013, 03:43:51 AM
There ya go, Denise.  Dennis doesn't see anything wrong either.  O0 :tongue:

I don't either. Maybe you just need a break from looking at it . . . . . after we only see it for a few minutes. You on the other hand. . . . . .  :1hug: Put a napkin over it and leave it for a week or so, then take another look. You may be happily suprised. . . . . (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/128fs318181.gif)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Denise808 on March 07, 2013, 09:32:32 AM
Thank you Dennis, I appreciate that - I will now officially shut-up about this flower and be happy with it :smitten:
 
Mary Lou, ok then ;)
 
Roxy, who knew that napkin could come in handy somehow!!! ::)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on March 10, 2013, 03:00:21 PM
 :smitten:  Great job Denise-in spite of your dislike of them.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: njnjgirl on March 21, 2013, 04:29:34 PM
Here is my addition to the strelitzia garden. You have all done a wonderful job!
 
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Zach on March 21, 2013, 04:44:39 PM
 :clap: :twothumbs: Looks nice
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bhavna on March 21, 2013, 04:47:50 PM
Well done Njnjgirl :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on March 21, 2013, 05:59:57 PM
Very nice painting, Mary Lou :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Denise808 on March 21, 2013, 06:28:38 PM
 :twothumbs: looks great!! :twothumbs: ..... as usual ;)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Sarah (arch) on March 21, 2013, 06:44:51 PM
Well done. O0
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: njnjgirl on March 22, 2013, 02:01:33 AM
 :thankyou: Zac, Bhavna, Dennis, Denise and Sarah.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Happychappy on March 22, 2013, 04:31:27 AM
 O0 O0 O0  Mary Lou.   Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on March 22, 2013, 05:58:03 AM
Very nicely done.  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: polliwag on March 22, 2013, 07:28:54 PM
Marylou... great work!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: NHC50 on March 23, 2013, 05:20:24 AM
Marylou  O0 O0 O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: C.Bodine on March 23, 2013, 12:14:09 PM
So many beautiful flowers on here!! Great job, MaryLou!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: njnjgirl on March 24, 2013, 01:45:58 PM
 :thankyou:  Patricia, Val, Diane, Nina and Christine. 
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Harald on July 03, 2013, 01:17:41 PM
 I have skipped some exercises that I will now try to catch up. Now it is fine to practice Strelitzia flowers before class to Sunday.
Harald
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Harald on July 03, 2013, 01:49:54 PM
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Happychappy on July 03, 2013, 02:03:35 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Very, very nice Strelitzie painting Harald.  You do such lovely work.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Harald on July 03, 2013, 02:17:38 PM
Thank Patricia really nice to get good feedback.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Denise808 on July 03, 2013, 02:44:10 PM
Nice work on your Bird of Paradise Harald! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Harald on July 03, 2013, 03:01:12 PM
 :thankyou: Denise for your encouraging comment.
Harald
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on July 03, 2013, 03:28:51 PM
Very nicely done Harald. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ImBatman on July 03, 2013, 03:41:58 PM
You are progressing nicely Harald. :clap:


Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Tousabella on July 03, 2013, 03:54:08 PM
Excellent!!  Really look forward to the next class....you will really do a spectacular job!!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on February 03, 2014, 02:28:04 PM

This was a nostalgic painting for me to do today since the very first painting I ever commissioned from someone was in Hawaii - a picture of a Bird of Paradise and Ginger. It's amazing what I paid someone to paint for me in 1993 I can now paint for myself!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: polliwag on February 03, 2014, 04:21:03 PM
Very lovely painting, Sharon
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Steven on February 03, 2014, 04:28:34 PM
Nicely done Sharon! :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 03, 2014, 10:25:37 PM
Beautiful, beautiful, Sharon.  I love your Bird of Paradise.

This was one of my first successful paintings of a flower so I am happy when I see others doing it.  It's a great lesson that Dennis put together.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on February 04, 2014, 09:12:06 AM
 :thankyou: Dianne, Steven and Mea…and I agree, Mea - it is a great lesson. I'm looking forward to painting this flower again...
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: NHC50 on February 04, 2014, 10:32:49 AM
Wow Sharon you are just buzzing through your lessons. Another good one.  O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Tousabella on February 04, 2014, 07:50:35 PM
Excellent painting, Sharon. It's beautiful. You are doing amazing work.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on February 17, 2014, 05:14:53 AM
Sharon, well done  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on February 17, 2014, 08:45:04 AM
Thanks, Nina, Retta and Val - this picture is now matted, framed and in our living room!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on February 17, 2014, 04:30:48 PM
Somehow I missed this one. Beautiful, Sharon  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on February 17, 2014, 04:52:17 PM
Thanks Dennis! This was a fun lesson! A lot easier than the skyline!!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Happychappy on February 20, 2014, 04:43:54 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Sharon, I just love looking at your work for they are always so happy and vibrant looking and your Strelitzia is no different.  A stunning job.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on February 20, 2014, 08:25:35 AM
Thanks, Patricia. I've discovered over these past few months that I really love opaque vs transparent watercolor because of the vibrancy of the colors I can achieve…I do love color!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bryndis Sigfusson on August 02, 2014, 07:12:30 AM
Hi!

Here is my Version of lesson 33 Stretlitzia. :)


Bryndis
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 02, 2014, 07:23:12 AM
Bryndis,

Your bird-of-paradise flower is lovely.  It's one of my favorite flowers to paint.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on August 02, 2014, 08:26:45 AM
 O0
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Tousabella on August 02, 2014, 11:36:01 AM
Bryndis, a beautiful painting. With a frame, you can enjoy it in your home. Great job.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Danielle123 on August 02, 2014, 12:33:46 PM
 :clap: :clap: Bryndis this is a very nice painting .
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 02, 2014, 01:17:10 PM
Well done, Bryndis!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on August 03, 2014, 01:22:03 PM
Bryndis, excellent :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: NHC50 on August 04, 2014, 03:22:56 AM
Way to go Bryndis.  :clap: :clap:

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on August 06, 2014, 03:57:54 AM
Great colourings and blendings.  O0 Excellent job Bryndis  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bryndis Sigfusson on August 18, 2014, 07:13:20 AM
 :thankyou:

Bryndis
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Danielle123 on September 14, 2014, 08:22:31 PM
Here is my lesson 33  on strelizia 
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on September 14, 2014, 08:24:47 PM
Well done, Danielle. Very neat :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 14, 2014, 09:00:06 PM
Nice job on the strelitzia (Bird of Paradise, as we call them in Hawaii).

Love the brilliance of the blue tones.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on September 15, 2014, 05:36:33 AM
Looks good Danielle.  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on September 15, 2014, 11:11:59 AM
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Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Danielle123 on September 15, 2014, 01:39:33 PM
 :thankyou: so much Dennis, Natalie, Mea and Val for your forever encouragement.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: richkay on October 08, 2014, 11:43:54 AM
Here is my Bird of Paradise painting.  There is lots of blending of colors going on here.  And a lot of fun to paint.
Thank you Dennis.

Kay
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on October 08, 2014, 02:54:18 PM
Looks great Kay  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 08, 2014, 04:22:37 PM
Kay

Great Bird of Paradise.  Vibrant.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Danielle123 on October 08, 2014, 06:16:34 PM
Beautifull and bright painting Kay. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on October 10, 2014, 11:31:04 AM
 :heeha: Brilliant use of your colours Kay  8)   I like it!  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Tania on October 10, 2014, 12:11:35 PM
These are beautiful! Great  :painting: Kay!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: richkay on October 10, 2014, 01:24:51 PM
Thank you for all the great comments!

Kay
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: sally13 on October 10, 2014, 01:57:06 PM
Beautiful painting, great colorings. :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on October 12, 2014, 12:18:47 PM
Well done, Kay :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bellarina on December 09, 2014, 05:35:42 PM
Here is my painting from this class.
I had a hard time trying to finish it. :-\
please tell me what I could improve.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: C.Bodine on December 09, 2014, 06:13:28 PM
beautiful job, Robin! Love the colors! :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on December 09, 2014, 06:49:16 PM
Looks good  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Danielle123 on December 09, 2014, 06:50:31 PM
Beautiful painting Robin  O0
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bellarina on December 09, 2014, 06:58:16 PM
 :thankyou: girls, but I'm just not diggin it, can't seem to get any dimension to it, Thats why I'm asking for help
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Danielle123 on December 09, 2014, 07:01:10 PM
I looked again and maybe what is the shadow of the flower on the big leaf. Maybe the rounding of the flower petals  Hope this helps
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on December 09, 2014, 07:05:37 PM
I go through prior lessons posted when something is nagging me. It helps. You just did the lesson it's fresher for you.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bellarina on December 09, 2014, 07:40:18 PM
 :thankyou:Natalie
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on December 09, 2014, 08:24:14 PM
Robin, looks good to me. Excellent :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 09, 2014, 09:25:38 PM
Robin,

Beautiful work on this Bird of Paradise.  Your colors are so clean and clear.  Love that blue in the center.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 18, 2014, 12:03:34 AM
Thought I'd try my hand at a strelitzia again.    Had lots of interruptions today so this is not as good as I wanted.


I still have time to make adjustments, so please let me know what else I should do.

Thanks, Dennis, for that comprehensive comparison and contrast of watercolor to oil.  Learned a lot.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bellarina on December 18, 2014, 08:40:07 AM
Hi Mea, what bothers me about the painting is that the flower blends into the leaves.
 Maybe mute out the leaves and or brighten the flower.  Hope this helps.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 18, 2014, 09:08:43 AM
Thanks, Robin.  I'll see what I can do.

Just got a message from a friend who said the sky was beautiful.  YIKES!  It was a background, not a sky.  I should not have made it blue.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on December 18, 2014, 10:30:04 AM
Mea, your painting detail is very good :clap: :clap: :clap: Unfortunately the whole painting is of a similar tone and colour with no contrasting features. Darken up the leaves with a darker green. Also  the blue stamen and the purple body must be be painted much darker as well. Do this and you will see a massive improvement O0 Post the improved painting below the one there already for comparison. This helps you as well as others. ;)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 18, 2014, 10:36:14 AM
Thanks Dennis.  I'll work on it today.  I always have the problem on not using bold enough colors.  Gotta learn to "go bold" or go home!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on December 18, 2014, 10:42:36 AM
Mea, not going bold enough is a very common problem - have it always here in my teaching studio. The best way to solve the problem is to use a tonal strip to compare what you put down to what is in the photograph.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: cyril on December 18, 2014, 11:03:27 AM
hi Mea - This painting   looks good  - i like the background, however it will look much better once you done the corrections  as advised by Dennis. O0  .. i too am working on this w/c class. will post as soon as its completed.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 18, 2014, 01:41:06 PM
Thanks, Cyril.  Looking forward to seeing how your version comes out.

Dennis - I have tried to make the greens darker and pumped up the color in the flowers.  Thanks for your help.

Here's the new version, followed by the original.  The scan came out a bit lighter than the actual painting, though.



aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bellarina on December 18, 2014, 01:42:55 PM
 O0 much better Mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on December 18, 2014, 02:34:26 PM
Great, Mea. Look at the difference :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Denise808 on December 18, 2014, 03:20:02 PM
Nice touch up Mea, looks great now! Your blue part of the flower looks like a pretty bird (of paradise I guess  ;D)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 18, 2014, 06:36:31 PM
Denise - thanks - Yes, the bird of paradise.  I didn't realize how birdlike it was until  was done.  It's going to be a Christmas gift for my neighbor's dad.

Thanks, Robin.

Dennis - thanks for helping me through this one.  Your suggestions really made it look better.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on December 18, 2014, 07:05:22 PM
Nice work Mea  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Danielle123 on December 18, 2014, 07:25:33 PM
Well done Mea :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: cyril on December 18, 2014, 09:12:49 PM
Excellent work  Mea.  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 18, 2014, 09:14:17 PM
Thank you, Cyril, Danielle, and Natalie.  It looks a lot better after the enhancements.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: sally13 on December 18, 2014, 09:29:00 PM
Great job Mea, I like this. I have these flowers in my garden. :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 18, 2014, 09:33:18 PM
Thanks, Sally.  Wish I had some in my garden.  My neighbor has them, though, so I can pick when needed.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: polliwag on December 19, 2014, 01:39:11 PM
 O0 O0 O0 , Mea.  The second one shows your improvements!
Also  O0 O0 O0  to all the ones before you!!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 19, 2014, 03:53:13 PM
Thanks, Diane.  Fun one to do.

Working on the advanced class rose now.  Gotta see if I can make it look as good as Denise did.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bellarina on December 19, 2014, 04:05:57 PM
Can't wait to see your submission of the rose Mea.  I'm sure you'll do great.  :)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 19, 2014, 06:28:33 PM
Thanks, Robin.  I've got the rose all painted on the first go round.  Just starting the leaves.  Then I'll continue  with the fine detailing that Dennis has for us.

It's coming out better than I ever thought it would.

Should be ready to post tomorrow.


aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bellarina on December 19, 2014, 06:32:17 PM
Wow, your quick!
Takes me so long especially after
I pause and replay so many times.
Always feel a need to take a mental
break now and then. 
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: cyril on December 20, 2014, 05:20:45 AM

hi

here's my version of this flower.

 :thankyou: Dennis for this great class.



Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 20, 2014, 08:49:27 AM
Cyril,

Your strelitzia looks very good.  I like your background better than mine.

You might want to try darkening the leaves (at least the side leaves - the center one looks really nice).  Dennis suggested that for mine and it looked so much better after I did.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on December 20, 2014, 08:56:40 AM
This is beautiful Cyril  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: cyril on December 20, 2014, 09:29:45 AM
 :thankyou:  Mea  for your comments....i will darken the side leaves however will wait for Dennis suggestion as well.

  :thankyou: Natalie..

 
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bellarina on December 20, 2014, 11:08:15 AM
Beautiful Cyril.  Looks like we both are fond of flowers.  :)
Looking forward to see what you choose next.
Happy Holidays
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on December 20, 2014, 11:51:01 AM
Excellent watercolour techniques, Cyril :clap: :clap: :clap: Mea's suggestion is good. The darker leaves will emphasize the flower even more because at the moment the eyes also tend to flick from the two side leaves to the flower and back instead of resting on the flower itself O0
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Denise808 on December 20, 2014, 01:09:36 PM
Wow Cyril! beautiful  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: sally13 on December 20, 2014, 01:35:09 PM
Beautiful work Cyril. :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: cyril on December 20, 2014, 07:32:43 PM
 :thankyou: Sally , Dennise320 , Bellarina, Dennis for your encouragement, much appreciated.

 
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: cyril on December 20, 2014, 07:35:53 PM
 Hi  Dennis , Mea - you right i understand darkening the side leaves should make a lot difference.... I will make an attempt darkening those leaves.... Will post once done.  :thankyou: for the lovely  tip.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bellarina on December 20, 2014, 07:52:31 PM
You just might want to turn the spot light off of them is all. Everything else is in its place,
Wonderful job Cyril
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: polliwag on December 20, 2014, 08:28:42 PM
Nice work, Cyril!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 20, 2014, 08:51:13 PM
Cyril,

All I did for mine was just put a light wash of Prussian blue over the leaves.  I think on the shadowed side, I might have put a second coat of wash.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: cyril on December 20, 2014, 11:53:38 PM
 :thankyou:  Mea for the tip.


here's the second modified one!.



Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bellarina on December 21, 2014, 05:17:54 AM
Wow, what a difference!
Nice job Cyril, better photograph as well.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on December 21, 2014, 06:05:43 AM
I like them both, but the dark really does add that drama!  O0
Nice of you to post them side by side for easy reference.  :)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 21, 2014, 07:52:37 AM
Oh, yes, Cyril, the added color really makes it look more vibrant and exciting.   I like what Natalie said - it added drama!

Glad I could help.  When Dennis or Nolan give us a suggestion, I feel we are compelled to share it.  Look at the difference it made.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: cyril on December 21, 2014, 09:07:07 AM
 :thankyou:  Robin , Natalie , Mea for your encouragement.  Thats what i like about PB family.   :1hug:


 :thankyou:  Mea ......Yahooo i now know how to add drama in the picture as well !!  :D  .

   


Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on December 21, 2014, 06:51:09 PM
Great, Cyril :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Danielle123 on December 21, 2014, 07:20:12 PM
Beautiful,  Cyril   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: cyril on December 21, 2014, 09:52:12 PM
 :thankyou: Dennis  :thankyou: Dainelle.


Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: NHC50 on December 30, 2014, 06:08:58 AM
Way to go Natalie.  O0

Jennylynn you have come a long way girl.  :clap:  :clap:

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Sue W on January 10, 2015, 09:42:52 PM

Here's my Strelitzia! I've never heard these flowers called that. They have always been Bird of Paradise to me. You learn something new everyday ;)


Sue W
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 10, 2015, 09:53:03 PM
Sue W

Nice work on the Bird of Paradise painting.  I found that using a bit more bright yellow on the flowers perked mine u.

You might want to dry that it get it to look more dramatic.

I did one of these in watercolor and one in oil - I prefer it better in oil as the colors appear more vibrant.

But, it is still a beautiful flower not matter which medium you use.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on January 10, 2015, 10:18:18 PM
Nice vibrant painting, Sue :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on January 11, 2015, 11:21:56 AM
Great colourings Sue! Well done.  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on January 11, 2015, 11:23:32 AM
 :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Sue W on January 11, 2015, 05:17:57 PM
 :thankyou: Everyone for your kind comments!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: NHC50 on February 10, 2015, 12:17:42 PM

Here is my flower.

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on February 10, 2015, 03:23:38 PM
Another lovely painting, Well done, Nina :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bellarina on February 10, 2015, 03:25:36 PM
Very pretty Nina
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: jillh on February 10, 2015, 03:36:48 PM
Very nicely done Nina.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 10, 2015, 04:38:41 PM
Nina,

Lovely job on the strelitzia.  It is such a beautiful and unique flower.

Yours is inspiring me to do another one for my neighbor's new kitchen.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on February 10, 2015, 05:14:10 PM
Another great one!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: NHC50 on February 11, 2015, 05:53:24 AM
Thanks Susan, Mea, Jill, Dennis, and Bellarina much appreciated. Yes Mea these are beautiful flowers. I have done these in acrylics. I am thinking of doing another one sometime in the future.

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Danielle123 on February 11, 2015, 05:55:43 AM
Great paintings Sue and Nina.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Sherri on March 08, 2015, 12:11:05 AM
My submission for this lesson.  Some days I think I might be getting better and then some paintings like this one set me back!!  Here it is - suggestions for improvement please.

Sherri
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on March 08, 2015, 08:16:40 AM
The flower is very well done  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 08, 2015, 08:31:16 AM
Sherri,

The shapes are all good, but the color is just not vibrant enough for the flower.  I had the same problem and someone said to do a wash over each color, maybe more than once until the color gets bright enough.

Worth a try because the flower itself is very well done.

aloha

mea

Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Sherri on March 08, 2015, 10:32:28 AM
Thanks Mea. I will give that a try.

Thanks Natalie
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Tousabella on March 08, 2015, 11:43:40 AM
Nina and Sheri, great jobs on your flowers.  They look great.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on March 08, 2015, 09:52:26 PM
Sherri, Well done :clap: :clap: :clap:  To show the flower up you need to darken up the leaves to give enough contrast O0
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Bellarina on March 09, 2015, 02:31:23 AM
 :clap: this will be really good following Dennis's advise.  Will be waiting out to see your repost.  :)
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on June 14, 2015, 06:33:21 AM
My strelitzia.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: ncwren on June 14, 2015, 08:49:41 AM
Nice shine on your flower.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: cyril on June 14, 2015, 04:51:49 PM
Looks Great  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on June 22, 2015, 04:48:02 AM
Nicely done Louisa.  What I would suggest is lightening the background and adding a bit more colour to the flower and leaves to make it pop. At present the values are too close giving it a flat appearance. Good so far, just in need of a few touches.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on June 22, 2015, 08:17:05 AM
Thank you Natalie, Cyril and Val. Val you are giving me a lot of work here and I will do it with pleasure. Thank you for helping me, much appreciated. :hug: :hug: :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Danielle123 on June 22, 2015, 09:56:03 AM
I agree with Val, also you should add your shadows on the leaves.  Well done.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on June 22, 2015, 11:32:43 PM
Louisa, just lighten and lift out the orange in the top section of the flower. They should very much more yellow as they are the focal point of the flower. Do this and the painting will be highly improved :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Annie. on March 17, 2017, 07:20:20 AM
My strelitzia, done on the road.  I learned that poor lighting at night is bad.

Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on March 17, 2017, 01:22:14 PM
I like it Annie, love the shadings on the petals.  O0 Well done.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on March 17, 2017, 01:25:53 PM
I went back through the  thread to have a stroll back down memory lane.... and discovered I hadn't put the post in with mine!  :doh:   I did find it in my gallery with a date of 10/07/2013!!! So without further ado, my much overdue Strelitzia!  :2funny:

Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Happychappy on March 17, 2017, 02:13:02 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Annie and Val, you have both done a great job. Now I am going to go back and take a stroll down memory lane too Val.


Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 17, 2017, 06:15:50 PM
Better late than never, Val.  Yes, the bird of paradise as we call it in Hawaii is a favorite of mine.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 17, 2017, 06:26:51 PM
Annie,

Colorful!  Love the background but not sure it is the best choice to set off the flower to best advantage.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on March 18, 2017, 02:16:22 AM
 :thankyou: Patricia, speaking of memory lane.... makes me wonder how many others I may have forgotten to post!  :confused:       :crazy2:       
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on March 18, 2017, 02:20:08 AM
Thanks Mea, I think it is more commonly known as the 'Bird Of Paradise' in Canada as well, except for the horticulturalists, they always referred to it as Strelitzia.  :D
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: dennis on March 18, 2017, 10:11:27 AM
Annie and Val, 2 lovely paintings, each in a different style. Great work  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Annie. on March 18, 2017, 07:11:44 PM
Thank you Dennis.

Yes Val, I also knew this flower as bird of paradise... not that I ever saw one in Canada.  Few years ago I saw a bunch of them in South California at a red light,  just there by the side of the road.  I got so excited I got out of the car to take photos and was welcome by many tuting horns.  I could not help it.  Never touch them, so this was a difgicult painting.  So little frame of reference.

Val your painting is great, much better balance betwen the background and the flower itself.
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on March 19, 2017, 04:14:47 PM
Very nice work, Annie and Val!
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Annie. on March 19, 2017, 08:46:00 PM
 :thankyou: Steve  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON # 33 - Painting a Strelitzia
Post by: Val on March 20, 2017, 05:02:58 AM
Annie, the only bird of paradise i ever saw in Canada was from a florist. Seeing them grow wild down here is such a pleasure.

My painting only turned out as it did thanks to Dennis and his steadfast  :knuppel2: !  Just kidding, excellent teaching methods.  O0