Pretty in Blue Finished

Pretty in Blue is the May Workshop here at Studio Thirty Eight. I use a 12 x 16 double primed and stretched canvas.

To finish up Pretty in Blue required a step back to see what highlights and finishing touches were required. Always a good idea to take a break before you finish the painting. Returning after a short break gives you the opportunity to see your work with fresh eyes.

Here I have added some highlights to the flower petals, painted in the stamens and brightened up a couple of buds.
Pretty in Blue Ian 5

Pretty in Blue 5

I am trying not to continue to add white to highlight the flower petals. If you keep doing this you end up with very white, chalky flower petals. So I took a reverse approach and went into the shadowed areas and the dark negative spaces and added a darker value of the shadow colour. This seems to have deepened the shadows and brightened the highlights. Which I guess just goes to prove that you need the darks to show the lights. As final touch I edged some of the petals close to the lilacs with a touch of mauve.

Pretty in Blue Finished
Pretty in Blue Finished

Hope you enjoyed my Pretty in Blue painting!

Published by dustyoldchips

I'm am artist, woodworker, carver and rocking horse craftsman.

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