Flowers in Pastel Part 2


The next stage after the white flower is coloured flowers. But these bougainvillea are a real challenge, as they have so many colours. Again, the best strategy is to do a tonal study, and take a black and white photo to help you.

bougainvillea b&w

You can see that the tones are much more subtle than they were in the case of the white rose. The red flower is a much darker tone, even though it’s a bright colour. And the delicate veins stand out as dark lines, but they must not be too strongly emphasised.

bougainvillea 4

As I did with the rose, I use a basic colour to indicate the lightest parts of each flower. I’m working on a neutral dark grey paper.

bougainvillea 3

I tried working on the textured side of the paper first, but I just don’t find it works for me. Here I’m using a make up tool to blend the colours, but the little pits in the paper still keep coming back and creating a texture I don’t want!

bougainvillea 5

This is the final version on the smooth side of the paper. I used dark green (the complementary of red) and black behind the flower to make the pink glow even more. I’ve only slightly indicated the veins in the petals, and I used blue on the upper right petal to help indicate that it is receding from view, while the petal on the left is coming towards the viewer so I used warmer, lighter colours.  I have left the background flowers unfinished, as I like them just as they are.

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