Painting the mid and backgrounds


                Here, I`ve put in the first layers for the rest of the leaves and stems. Add some red or violet into the green of the stems in a wet in wet wash:

first layers for leaves and stems

                Here are the second layers for the same leaves and stems. Drybrush the stems after the wash has completely dried.

second layers for leaves and stems

                 There are two yellow green small leaves to the left of and below the main flower. The yellow green of the leaf below these two leaves is subdued because it is in shadow. The bird is sitting on a green wire which I`ve made into a rusty wire so as to add colour and interest. Perpendicular to this, to the right, is another rusty wire. Wash in a mix of orange brown made from ruby red, cobalt blue tone, cerulean blue tone and hansa yellow medium.

starting on the background

                 Don`t look at painting the background as something to be dreaded and to be got over as quickly as possible before moving on to another project. Instead, think of it as  something exciting and challenging, where you get to be creative in order to create the scene you want. The elements in the foreground, that you either highlight or push back, the new elements that you introduce in the mid and background all play a role in evoking a particular mood. Think about how color and value changes move the viewer`s eye in the painting.

                I`ve chosen to add berries and a passion fruit to bring the orange down and into the rest of the picture and also so that it looks like the bird has had something to eat! The berries have been painted in on a wet in wet wash. Keep the reds subdued by adding cobalt blue tone so that they donot attract more attention than the bird. For the passionfruit also, the orange has been subdued by adding blue and the edges have been softened with a damp brush to push it into the midground.


                For the rusty wires, add another layer of orange brown and float in translucent orange here and there. Drop in a darker brown or red brown on the shadow sides. Drop the colors so that an indented pattern is formed rather than making it a smooth wash. Add a few squiggly lines with a darker value when the wash is damp and also again when it has dried completely.

Blue Passion Flower and Brazilian Tanager

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