Thursday, March 17, 2016

EASTER LILY on YELLOW Painting on Canvas


Howdy sweet creative friends! 

Easter is almost here. Wow.

A few weeks ago I was commissioned to make Easter Lilies.

They were to be all an white lily in the center bottom of the painting. They were to have pastel backgrounds in either pink, blue or yellow.  And then - they would pick which the liked best. 

The first instructions said a chalky pastel background.  
The second set of instructions said  - need some contemporary.

Well, needless to say... I just started painting Easter Lilies!!!  
In the end, I came up with quite the selection. 

Here is one of them!

I began with the background, of course! 

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in:
Titanium White
Primary Yellow
Hansa Yellow Light

I used a sponge dabber for the "chalky" effect!

I drew on my lily after scanning the web to figure out what a lily looks like!!!  I printed off about 20 different lilies to get an idea of which way to put the leaves and what the stalks looked like!

Then I began painting it in. First with white gesso - leaving a few ridges on the petals with the gesso. And then adding color. 

It is not as easy as you might think to paint a solid white lily. It would pretty much look like the one above done in gesso without some highlights. I recently did an orange tiger lily and it was a breeze compared to an all white lily.  When I first started trying to highlight the leaves - it was easy but before I knew it the leaves were no longer white!!!  I just kept adding layers for shadows!  

This was the first one I tried which made the rest a bit easier!!  
Trial and error - another learning adventure!

Hopefully I can share a few more of the lilies with you in the next few days because Easter is on the near horizon.  

Thanks bunches for stopping by. 
I hope you know how much I appreciate you.
Hugs. j.

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