I am working on a flower series, and this Peony Acrylic and Pastel painting is one of my latest from this series :
Flower paintings in mixed media
Peony Exuberance : Flower painting tutorial with acrylic and pastel
Here are some of the steps I took to make this painting (Click on any picture to make it larger )
This is the picture I used as a reference, I took it in my front yard. I liked the composition and the shape of the petals but the whole picture was too pink to my taste and a bit too much on the cold side in terms of colors.
I started with a dark red underpainting because I like when the red shows a bit on the edges, It ties the colors in the painting together.
I draw my picture quite loosely on my red underpainting with a white china pencil
Close up of the drawing: I am not very detailed.
I start applying layers of acrylic, with 3 colors that are corresponding more or less to my mid tones, highlights and dark.
Adding dark purple in the shades.
I start to introduce some orange to balance the pink.
Adding more light with layers of semi transparent white ( white acrylic diluted with medium)
I am careful when adding layers like this to have some of the previous layers show at the edges.
I am adding more colors with dry pastels, working especially on the white highlights. I fix the pastel with working fixative.
Adding more yellow, orange and green acrylic layers
A few adjustments in color.
The finished painting: Peony exuberance.
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