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.



Valerie-Jael said...

This is really beautiful, you have painted the lily so fine, just gorgeous. NIG hugs, Valerie

Brenda Brown said...

Fantastic painting Joi, your lily cluster is perfectly life like and sits perfectly on your chalky background. Love it.
hugs Brenda xxx

Astrid Maclean said...

Joi the background looks super already, the perfect setting for that beautiful lilly! Thanks also for sharing your process, you are so clever! The end result is brilliant and so life like!! Lucky commissioner, I hope they appreciate all the time you put into this!

Redanne said...

Oh wow Joi, your drawing are always impressive and this lily is no exception, it is absolutely gorgeous! Love the mottled background too! Hugs, Anne xx

Wilma Voermans said...

Hi Joi ! You always give me such nice comments, first I want to thank you for that. I sometimes just dont find time to visit blogs. I think about closing down all my social media and design teams for some time, it drives me crazy and eats all my creative time.Than I get finally time to see what other people make :) Now coming to your canvas, I LOVE it. Respect how you draw and painted the lily !! Beautiful shadows makes the lily pop . Have a great sunday ! x

Pawsitively Creative said...

Hahaha! You always seem to capture a good laugh. I didn't know what lilies looked either until we had a cat that ingested some end up being treated at my clinic about 12 years ago. Your lilies are gorgeous and your drawing skills always amaze me. I am off to look at the other one as well! Hugz and Happy almost Easter! ~Niki

SewPaperPaint said...

Somehow I missed these and wanted to say how very gorgeous they are! What a great decor item for your home. Lovely! Happy Easter sweet friend! <3

Karen said...

This is beautiful! Absolutely beautiful and you have shared a great tip too - thank you Joi! Karen x

sarascloset said...

Joi, I love the contrast here of the white (sort of) lily to the yellows on the background. Your shading is superb on the bloom! This one is my favorite of the two, but I'm curious which one your commissioner picked. Hugs to you!