Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Red Velvet - a Gerbera Daisy

 "Red Velvet" is a 30" x 30" acrylic on canvas. 

I tried something different with the background which I really like. I have a dark undercoating over which I applied thin coats of Ultramarine Blue. There are places where the darkness of the undercoating layers show through, so depending on where you are viewing the painting from, the background can look lighter or darker. The layers of Ultramarine Blue really pop the red of the flower, and create a vividness that would not have been achieved without them. 

Here you can see the detail of the center of the flower. As well, you can get a sense of the layers of various reds which make this flower "sing" with brilliant color.

This view shows more of the dark background, while the next picture shows more of the Ultramarine Blue. These 2 pictures were taken on different colored walls as well, which tends to affect the background, but not the red of the Gerbera Daisy.

I have not touched up the colors in these photos in any way - so what you are seeing is the true color of the painting. (I hope your monitor shows this as beautifully as mine does.)  

This last picture is outside in full sunlight - still a brilliant red flower!

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Anonymous said...

Awesome painting. I enjoy your flower paintings. The sunflower is my fave. I love the colors in this painting -- the vibrant red against the beautiful blue. This is a beautiful flower.


Jean Victory said...

I love Gerbera Daisies...such vibrant color. You need to paint a sunflower next!

Joanne said...

Thanks, Paz. Yes - this one is really a beautiful vibrant red against the blue. All those glazes of color keep it "singing". :-)

Joanne said...

Hi Jean!
So good to hear from you once again. :-) I am amazed at how many people love sunflowers! You'll have to go back in my postings and look for Sunny Trio - that ws my last sunflower posting. Have a great day.

artbyakiko said...

Beautiful, Joanne! I love the brilliant color of this Gerbera, and the background blue goes perfectly with it. Gorgeous piece!!

Joanne said...

Thank you Akiko... your comments mean a lot to me! Your latest pieces are just sooooo amazing! I absolutely LOVE them. All the best!

Kim said...

I think the background most reminds me of denim. What do you think?

All said and done, I would have to agree with all my fellow commentators and cheer "well done!" Beautiful, Mom. Like you.

L.Holm said...

I like the radiance of the gerbera, too. And the scale-wow! that blue background is the perfect setting for this jewel.