I am no botanic artist and I am too old to learn and train but I do appreciate a good source photograph to paint in oils.
This clematis bloom captured at an RHS trial gave me inspiration to get it painted.
Colours Contrast and Tone
- Seldom are white flowers exclusively white but a mix of many colours and shades. School boy physics explained that white light could be split by a prism into all the colours of the rainbow.
- The light source is full-on yet there are graduations of tone that stop short of full shadows.
- The overlaid petals and the veins seem lighter and brighter.
- The bottom leaves are dark blue-green which helps them to recede and provide much needed contrast.
- Aesthetically I like the pistels and the lime green colouring.
- The focal point is the flowers center. I could drop the intruding leaf from the left if I thought it conflicted with the prime focus but the round shape is pleasing.
- The picture takes the eye round in a series of circles and ellipses and keeps the eye within the frame.
- The colour scheme is simple and not too complex but the execution may be more problematic.
- The focal point may be a bit too central but is offset by the second flower. In any event the final painting can be skewed left or right if desired.
I will attempt a painting and ‘may’ even show the result later