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Alice L Lemke

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Reply #15 on: October 20, 2013, 04:02:56 PM
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Thanks for a great lesson, Dennis!  I did have to do the background after class, but I finished the flowers with you.  I'm getting better at this, but I did try to second guess you and started the painting yesterday, with the background first. Silly me, I had to start all over and do it again, but now I've really gotten my money's worth!  I will post my first painting second.

The "Passion" in "passion flower" refers to the passion of Jesus in Christian theology.  The stamen and leaves are in the shape of the cross.


In my effort to get a head start, I masked everything and did the background painting on Saturday.  I went crazy with negative painting and thought it was probably not what you wanted for class, so I restarted the whole thing right before class, masking and all, ripping it off as we went along (Pebeo fluid comes off easily, thank goodness).  I should have just used it as I would have been able to finish in time if I had. This photo was taken right after the class.


I finished the one that I started first.  It sure helps to take your time! I agree, I like the one with the white background, but that is now history. If you click on this pic in my portfolio, I have listed the colors used. 

As you suggested we do, I changed the configuration of the flowers slightly and made them bigger.  In the background, I pulled out light leaf shapes and painted the negative areas darker.  I used a granulating paint (Sodalite Genuine and French Ultramarine) for more interest and found it pulls off easily and makes shapes by itself. Can anyone else see a crow looking at the flower?
« Last Edit: October 25, 2013, 10:49:34 PM by Alice L Lemke »
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Reply #16 on: October 20, 2013, 04:09:55 PM
Beautiful painting Alice! Isn't he full of surprises? Who would have thaught that he'll start the flower first and then squize in the background!  ::) Doina
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Reply #17 on: October 20, 2013, 06:32:57 PM
Well done Alice.  O0 I like the center of the flower, and especially the background. The bud on the left looks very natural. Good on you.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #18 on: October 21, 2013, 03:20:42 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Well done Alice.  Beautiful painting.  Patricia
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Reply #19 on: October 21, 2013, 07:36:56 AM
Way to go Jenn, Doina, Carol and Alice.  They are delightful, and each has it's own personal touch. They are so lovely, and you did such a great job. Even the 'mishaps' enhance the painting.
Well done, ladies. 
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Reply #20 on: October 21, 2013, 10:38:07 AM
Alice, as you know, true botanical paintings (realistic renderings) are always done on plain white backgrounds. In a way, I might appreciate your plain one even more than the one with the background filled in. Both are lovely, of course, but the flower against the plain white background has such a pretty, clean look.
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Reply #21 on: October 21, 2013, 12:21:46 PM
I agree BeaSue. Alice's portrait on white really draws me in. Come to think of it, all of your Passion flowers are tempting me to get the paint brushes out. Beautiful lesson, beautiful results.
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Reply #22 on: October 21, 2013, 01:19:36 PM
Uh-oh  :police: The fugly painting police are closing in! It was coming along so nicely....then...  :eek:   It's those damnable greens again!  :hang: The more I tried to fix it...the worse it got. I'm letting it dry through, then I'll have one more go.  But I did conquer the caulies!  ;D

Trust me Carol.... your background looks even better than yesterday!  :heeha:
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Reply #23 on: October 22, 2013, 06:47:15 AM
If you need practice painting eyelashes, this is the class for you! Everyone who did this must have found out what I did - that this flower was a challenge to paint and everyone did an admirable job.

Not knowing how to use a toothpick to mask, then having to learn on the fly was difficult for me, so doing it a second (not rushed) time really helped.  Dennis, would you please warn us of what we need to mask beforehand?

Thank you for a great class!
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Reply #24 on: October 22, 2013, 11:46:37 AM
Here's my Passion Fruit Flower for your comments and critiques.  Many thanks, Patricia
 
 
 
 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:  Alice for suggesting Microsoft Picture Manager.  I DID IT!!!!!  This now looks more like my original painting.  Thanks so much Alice, you have taught me something.  Patricia
 
 
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Reply #25 on: October 22, 2013, 12:10:42 PM
Well people, I must say you all did great. especially those of you that painted along. Alice I like your bold colors Patricia nice job, Carol you did fine. Backgrounds can always be added too. Doina nice job. I think I got everybody. If not sorry.
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Reply #26 on: October 22, 2013, 01:08:54 PM
Nicely done Patricia.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #27 on: October 22, 2013, 03:03:16 PM
Very pretty, Patricia. I haven't taken this class, but it looks like a challenging one. The only suggestion I might make is to darken the shadow side of the flower a little.
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Reply #28 on: October 22, 2013, 03:16:31 PM
Everyone has done a peachy-keen painting. I too am in favor of botanical paintings. I've painted pink orchids that way and they are beautiful also.
You gals are a bunch of great artists!!!

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Reply #29 on: October 22, 2013, 04:33:44 PM
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Nina, Val, Susan and Carol for your nice comments.  Susan I shall go back and darken the side of the flower as you suggested. I also think that the bud needs some definition.  I enjoyed the lesson tremendously but then I always do, thank you Dennis.  Patricia
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