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Flowers for my Mom!

In the series: "Fleurs" here's my 3rd one.


Mother - Yann Tiersen

Every week I send my mom a bouquet of (real) flowers to cheer her up.


picture 1:
The making of my mixed media (collage/painting) flower arrangements
from start to finish.
Hover over the image to zoom in.


Taking Pictures of your work in progress.
I encourage my students to take pictures of their work in progress and checking them on their computer or iPad.
I think it's easier to see where the painting still 'worked' or just 'looked right' .
I also motivate them to hold their painting in the mirror frequently to catch areas where the color values are out of balance.
It's amazing what you see in this reflection, which you wouldn't have seen on your easel.
Turn it all around, since there has to be harmony in the painting, even upside down!

Colors:
Choice of colors is very personal. In art, colors are used to create moods, provoke emotional responses, guide the eye through a painting, and define depth and form.
Colors have 3 characteristics: hue, intensity and tone (or value). Value means the relative darkness and lightness of the color.
I teach my students the importance of identifying and differentiating these 3 qualities to become keen on colors!

Shadows:
Shadows give the objects in your design a sense of weight and show the direction and intensity of the light.
TIP: Never paint shadows too dark!

How to paint light:
In this painting, my light is coming from the left.
See how both warm and cool colors are used in different places.
To tone down the hot red of the background I mixed some cool whites by adding some blue to the white.
I also tinted the white color on the shade side (right) with a touch of cool red, such as alizarin crimson.


Picture 2
:
The end result!

Acrylic mixed media 16x20 inches (41x51 cm)


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This is another OLGartsProduction©2 011

PHOTOS AND WRITTEN CONTENT
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36 Comments

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Rusty Woodward-Gladdish 17 Jan 2013

Yes, they are all fantastic! Happy New Year Olga!

John Cappello 12 May 2012

TO MANY TO CHOOSE, I LIKE ALL OF THEM!

Anonymous Guest (IP: 77.164.249.228) 29 Sep 2011

heerlijk vrolijk! José

Jerie kunitsky 28 Sep 2011

Absolutely wonderful!!

Artist Reply: HEY THANK YOU JER!

Caballero Salguero 27 Sep 2011

Splendid group of beauty my dear friend Olga, great force of colorful.lovely explosion of forms.Wonderful. Love from Spain, Pepe

Nira Dabush 26 Sep 2011

STUNNING COLOURS.. I ENJOY YOUR IDEA DEAR OLGA. SPLENDID PRESENT TO YOUR MOM.

KC CHANG 26 Sep 2011

GREAT!

Aqua1955 26 Sep 2011

Prachtig zoals je het laat zien. Het is een beetje te ver je lessen te volgen :)

Anonymous Guest (IP: 66.108.240.253) 25 Sep 2011

LOVE THE BRIGHT COLORS! Awesome. -Fleur

Debbie Shirley 25 Sep 2011

Wonderful and vibrant! Love seeing the process.

Bev Chudey 25 Sep 2011

Beautiful bright colors Olga!

ruth sears 25 Sep 2011

gorgeous work,fascinating process,very vibrant and lovely!

Katerina Koukiotis 25 Sep 2011

beautiful vibrant colors!

Stanley Layman 25 Sep 2011

Way back when I was doing illustration I was asked to photograph the various stages of completion on a project. I could never remember to get out my camera or keep it loaded. It was before computers and digital imaging.

Artist Reply: Thanks for your comment Sta;ley!I make the pictures via my iPhone, which I always carry with me. The quality is fantastic! Love and Light, Olga

Stefani Wehner 25 Sep 2011

wonderful explosion of colors and joy......very interesting to see the progress of this splendid art work! Hugs from far away, Olga!

Marika Seprenyi (Antal) 25 Sep 2011

lot of texture in there...busy and bright

Alberto D'Assumpcao 25 Sep 2011

Such a fantastic work, Olga!!!

Artist Reply: Thanks Alberto. That means a lot coming from you!Love and Light, OLGA

Anonymous Guest (IP: 217.122.27.26) 25 Sep 2011

De opbouw van dit schilderij vind ik schitterend en daardoor het eindresultaat ook. Hoe is het met je allergische reactie? Heb moeders donderdag nog gesproken en klonk weer positiever na haar vervelende ervaring met de 1ste behandelingen. Succes en knuffel Robert en Rose

Artist Reply: Dank je wel broertje!

yves colas 25 Sep 2011

Amazing work,very colored,excellently done.you are kind for your mother...

Artist Reply: Every child should be kind to his/ her Mother I think!

terry waites 25 Sep 2011

beautiful colour and composition love it

LouAnn Knight 25 Sep 2011

This is so cool. I cannot do abstract..I do envy you and Ruth your ability to express yourselves so freely in color.

Artist Reply: If you would attend my class "Abstract Beginners" I would teach you in one semester the in and outs of ABSTRACTS, Lou Ann! Love and Light, Olga

Frank Maguire 25 Sep 2011

Well done Olga, your roots are showing.

Sigridur Bachmann 25 Sep 2011

Superb and very interesting creation... so very beautifully done ! Splendid colors !

Sharon Gonzalez 25 Sep 2011

BEAUTIFUL, OLGA!!!!! BOTH YOUR SENDING YOUR MOM FLOWERS EVERY WEEK AND THIS GORGEOUS COLLAGE OF THE MAKING OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL PAINTING.

Izabella Pavlushko 25 Sep 2011

so interesting to see your work in the progression... Beautiful the end result. WELL DONE !!!

Calvin McFarlane 25 Sep 2011

You are just having too much fun...but then, there is probably no such thing as too much fun. I have heard it said "that if it ain't no fun, better left undone."

Jan van Baarle 25 Sep 2011

Amazing!

Anonymous Guest (IP: 142.59.138.139) 25 Sep 2011

BEAUTIFUL Olga - thank you for showing the progress of your work :)

Nelly van Nieuwenhuijzen 25 Sep 2011

gorgeous work!!! love the serie!!!

José Fortunato 25 Sep 2011

To Moms always all the best ! Bravo

Artist Reply: Thanks for the POD my friend. Very much appreciated! Love and Light, Olga

Anneke Hut 25 Sep 2011

What a wonderful daughter you are! And what a great work in process! Happy Sunday, Olga!

Ann Fawssett-Atkin 25 Sep 2011

Lucky Mom...Good to see your painting in all its stages.. you have fortunate students Olga to learn from you...

marie-claire gallet 25 Sep 2011

Thank you for sharing your technique Olga, the result is magnifiscent and your Mom is certainly proud to have such a talented and loving daughter !

DEE JOBES PHOTOGRAPHY 25 Sep 2011

GORGEOUS Spectacular Beauty,my Friend!!!Wow,love your brushwork!!!You are a Great Daughter with a Great Heart!!!BEAUTIFUL Painting for your Mom!!!Thanks for sharing!!!,Dee&David :):)

Brenda Loveless 24 Sep 2011

what a sweet daughter you are; this is lovely!

M Smith 24 Sep 2011

Awesome; I love seeing the progression of the painting!