Exploring white and green

Exploring white and green - student project

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Well, this class was sure a lot of fun and I learned so much more about painting white and using values. Knowing when to stop is always challenging. I knew I needed more experience so I drew more flowers and painted them one after the other. I have definitely improved my skill with small brushes and layering from very faintest to darker values. In the end I cleaned up some green mixes that were on my palette from Sharon's class about mixing greens. I did the practice  lessons there but haven't completed the greens chart yet. I explored layering mixes of green over green and dry brush techniques, too. I like the look of different hues of green merging into each other. I discovered (or remembered) that Arches 140 cold press paper is more yellowish and not as bright white as Canson 140 cold pressed. The snowdrops are on Arches, the others are on the back side of Canson. Dry brush is easier on the backside as the paint doesn't absorb so much into the paper but stays more on top. I also learned that my greens are a bit watery and dry much lighter. I rather like the effect of mixed greens in the background. My gray tends toward lavender hue or it comes out in my scanner. I used size 4 brush for the initial gray shadows and for the background greens. Otherwise I used 2 & 1 for detailed values.  I'm starting to get the hang of dry brush technique. I'm looking forward to painting trillium and nasturtiums when they bloom. My snow drops aren't even blooming yet. Two of my Thanksgiving or Christmas plants are blooming and I notice how the red and green make the white stand out more. That might be the next flower I paint. And of course, snow white and shadows which I still see plenty of. Thanks for the lessons, Sharon! See you in the next class.