Today I decided to paint one of the photos I had taken. If there is a secret to photographing white flowers, I am thinking there must also be one to painting white flowers ! Not sure I know it yet, but no way to know and learn other than getting in there and learning by doing !
I decided to start this painting a bit differently. I did the background first (above), to give me a good negative image to paint my white roses.
Then onto the flowers. Well, first, they aren't really "white". They are anything but. So I did a palette of white mixed with pale green-gold, buff titanium (so a pale warm beige), teensy bits of raw umber to make a pale grey, and also some mixes with a red and a raw sienna. These gave me some not-just-white to create the subtle differences between the shadings and layers of delicate white and not-so-white petals. It felt like I was actually carving the whiter parts and highlights out of darker shades.
I needed to end on a good point with some good navigation points for the composition, so I could build well on today's work and also make sure I could find my way painting these not-just-white flowers. To do this, I exaggerated some of the tones and demarcation points. Though on reflection, maybe they are not going to be exaggerations...maybe they are truth in vision about the may shades of not-white I am painting.
The goal is to finish this painting before the next trip. Stay tuned, more soon.