Thursday, September 15, 2005

Coleus - Step Two



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Well, I got a quick session in tonight after some freelance work and before bed. My poor wife has been balancing the checkbook and paying bills. She has been taking that off my hands lately and is giving me the time to do this kind of stuff. I really love her for it.

Anywho... I'm still dealing mainly in defining the value scale of the painting and adding a few more details. I mixed some Viridian into the Transparent Oxide Red to start working some local color into it.

I'm trying to walk the tight rope of looseness and accuracy. So far I'm holding on, but I may have fallen into the too loose side of things when I was working on the big stem thing that comes out of the middle of the plant. (Does anyone know what that's called? My brother Rick may know, he knows everything about gardening.)I realized I was avoiding it and saved it for last tonight. I should have begun with it.

Next I'll be blocking in some basic colors so ya'll come back now, ya hear?

16 comments:

Terry said...

Lookin' good, chuck!

Chuck Rose said...

Hey Terry. Please feel free to throw in advice at any time! I could use it.

Sparky said...

The light on the leaf is coming out really nicely. I know what you mean about the sticking-up thing, but I have no doubt it's going to end up much tighter than this.

Laura said...

I think it's called 'a big stem.' Hey, what yummy brushstrokes in this painting! Keep going!

Brian said...

Again, I love to see the work in progress. I'm starting a drawing class next week! You and Wally and Nelly and Harry and Niff and Sutter (and others I found through your blogrolls) have got me seriously considering posting some of my work as I go.

And the sticky-outey thing in the flower is analagous the sticky-outey thing about half of the human population has. It's the stamen.

Chuck Rose said...

Thanks for the botony lesson Brian. Now I know. :D

And please post your stuff. We'd love to see it.

Bill said...

It looks really great. I believe you are "walking the tightrope", as Stevie Ray Vaughan would say. I can't wiat to see more. Unfortunetly I agree that the stamen is too loose, but only a little and I think it can be saved. Don't give up!

Linda said...

I'd wondered what was going on with this painting. (Actually, had kind of figured that you'd REALLY messed it up and decided not to mention it anymore ...
:-/) As it is, I'm very glad to see that this was not the case, because it looks like another great lesson by Chuck. You make me want to mess with oil paint, and I'm resisting ... resisting ... resisting...

ROR said...

Hey Brother,
Sorry it took so long to get to this question you had. Some of us have to work all day on Friday's...LOL
No offense to Brian, but he needs to check his anatomy....Not a stamen. It is a flower shoot or spike. This spike is normally pinched off on a Coleus, before it matures to seed pods. It is a multi-flowered spike and sets seed fast. If it is a seed grown coleus. When pinching this spike back it will make the Coleus nice and bushy. If allowed to mature it tends to make the coleus appear to be leggy and a bit less attractive. Vegatative Coleus are sterile and can only be propagated by cuttings, very easily done too. Your painting is looking Fantastic! Keep up the awesome work. Oh, on the Dicentra, Bleeding Heart...That is as good a pic as I have, sorry. Cheap camera...lol Botany 101..(ô¿ô)

Chuck Rose said...

Rick, I knew i could count on you. Now I know I should go trim those spikes!

Thanks for the info.

Linda said...

Chuck -- so, I understand you need a high resolution pic of a bleeding heart?? Let me know if you do! I've got one (of several) on my blog somewhere from this past spring...

Big Harry H said...

I just love the use of White in this piece.

Can't wait to see where this goes.

Big H =)

Big Harry H said...

Brian, POST! POST!!!

All the worlds a stage. Literally.

You will only get better through the comments of others. If you don't believe me, look through my archieves.

Big Harry

Cin said...

the colors in this are fantastic, so wonderfully rich and full, wonderful to see in the larger view especially!

Nita said...

The tonal qualities and the brilliance of the white highlights are gorgeous! Love those browny reds!

Brian said...

Oops. Sorry to have misled you about the flower anatomy. I thought I'd remembered that one.

Anyhow - now you know what *not* to trust me about..

Thanks for correcting me so well, ror.

And thanks for the encouragement, guys!