Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Creating the One Stroke Way - Days 9 and 10

Welcome! I'm glad you have stopped by. I'm taking some time this month to do a little creating each day. 

Today's Creation - Coneflowers

(You can see what I have been up to thus far on Day 1 of 31 Days of Creating with One Stroke Painting.)

Did you see the sunflowers I painted on Day 8? Just look at what 11 year old Esther created out of my practice sheets. 
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Using a wordprocessing program on our computer, she printed a verse over the top of the painted sunflowers, cut them into strips and glued them to color paper for a little extra pizazz. Beautiful, aren't they? She's tucking some of them away for Christmas gifts. 

I tried something new today. Coneflowers. I began by double-loading my 3/4" paintbrush with green and a bit of yellow and painted in stems and leaves. Just random-like. 

 Then, with a #12 brush, I double-loaded a dark blue and some white. Leading with the white edge, pushing and dragging and standing the brush up to a point, I made a fan of petals at the top of the stems, reloading my brush often. This formed the backside layer of petals. I flipped the brush and led with the green, pulling along the white, making a second row of petals right on top of the first, to form the frontside row of petals. For interest and variety, one flower is made using a burgundy-wine color and white (same technique).

To finish the flowers, I used a 'scruffy' brush (short, full bristles), dipping it dry into the yellow and white. Pounce, pounce, pounce I went, trying to create the 'cone' or center of the flower. A little green and burgundy was added for some dimension around the base of the center.

I was not totally happy with the outcome, but as a first try, I'm happy enough. Actually, my first reaction was one of disappointment. I left the pages to dry and came back later in the day. The colors and dimension, shading and highlights seemed to stand out a bit more then. Much to my surprise, I DID like the results. Not perfect, maybe not masterpieces, but they make me smile. Not a bad accomplishment for one day.

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  1. I'm enjoying your painting series. I think everything looks really good- love the little gifts your daughter made.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your nice comments.

  2. Thank you Debra :) This series has been a wonderful way to meet new people and learn new things. Glad you are enjoy my little painting adventures. Thank you for stopping by


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