Try, Try Again

February 12, 2014

Now that the snow has melted and the snowdrops have re-emerged, I tried once again to paint them.  I’m still struggling with painting white petals.  I tried setting them against a darker background so that the white would be more evident.  I think I need to simplify the shadows on the petals even more.  It’s absorbing to work through this challenge of painting white.

Pencil sketch, the basis of my painting

Pencil sketch, the base of my painting

Filling in the background colors

Filling in the background colors

Defining the petals

Defining the petals

Darkening the background for more contrast

Darkening the background for more contrast

On this next try I attempted to make the petals less busy (less sketchy shadows).

Wreath of snowdrops

Wreath of snowdrops







4 Responses to “Try, Try Again”

  1. Deborah Dunphy Says:

    Very nice! I never thought about how difficult it would be to paint something white.

    I really enjoy your blog and your photos – I love your eye for a picture.

    Thank you.


  2. shoreacres Says:

    I’d say you solved this problem very well. The last painting is just lovely – everything seems just right. And I still envy your snowdrops. But! we have sunshine today!

  3. Anne Says:

    These are very nice! I agree that the contrast and shadowing work very well. I think my favorite one is the third picture (1st shadowed sketch).

  4. Cindy Says:

    I just found your blog today while I was looking for Botanical Pussy Willow illustrations. I am inspired by your diligence to keep improving your work. I remember the card catalogue in the Library at school. I too am going to create my own Botanical catalogue , I love this idea!!!

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