I recently started a painting for some friends who want a large piece for their bedroom. They wanted an abstract floral, in a specific 3-color color combination to complement their decor. I came up with the idea of using a color gradient incorporating the colors, and we agreed on a design similar to a painting I had already done but in different colors.
Here's the gradient that I created in Photoshop. This was a great little tool as I could take it to show my friends what I was envisioning, instead of just trying to explain it verbally.
The painting that I'm basing this one on is Flaming Flower 2. It's 9 x 12, but the new one will be 30 x 40. This is one of my favorite paintings, so painting its cousin should be fun to do!
I'm painting with batik technique, i.e. many layers of dye and wax.
I first drew a flower shape on my silk and painted a wash of the color gradient. Then I started building up the flower shapes by alternating wax and dye. Whatever shapes I want to remain the current color I cover with wax, and paint new colors around it.
Until it is removed, the wax turns everything a greyish version of the color it's covering. So those dark, diagonal squiggles in the 2 bottom photos will actually wind up being lighter than their surroundings. It's a rather disconcerting process as you can't see exactly what color is underneath the wax! The result is usually worth the effort, though.
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