Saturday, 23 March 2013
2nd Lesson - Marylyn Mayo
Marylyn loved her garden which had ocean views. A lot of the photos I received from John were of the garden where she had beautiful bougainvillea growing. As Marylyn's photo is quite light in colour, I decided on a dark, contrasting background. I painted in the dark greens first using a mix of Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Yellow Deep. Next I dabbed in a lighter green, swapping the Yellow Deep for Lemon. I left gaps for the flowers. I started with Scarlet Lake straight from the tube to get a lovely clean deep Red, then added some Ultramarine for a darker hue. Then it was time to blend it all together. I used a size 8 brush to initially brush on the colours then swapped to a smaller, very soft flat No.2 brush. The trick with feathering off a colour like red with green is to very gently go over where the 2 colours mix and continually wiping your brush off on a rag. You don't want to end up with mud.