Thursday, February 21, 2008

Wiped Out



This iris was done using a technique made famous by Cheng Khee Chee and Roland Roycroft. I wet my paper thoroughly, and dropped in some blues, greens and purples, and while it was still wet I used a "thirsty" brush to wipe out the white iris. Of course, it didn't come out pure white, but that was okay - in fact, my reference was a pale blue iris. When everything dried, I added some shadows and the yellow beards. It's an interesting technique, and I felt that I really struggled with it, but I like the effect.

14 comments:

Tracy Wandling said...

This techinique gives such a soft ethereal feel. Really lovely.

RHCarpenter said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Myrna said...

I love this painting. This technique gives wonderful subtle tones in the wiped back areas. You pulled it off beautifully.

Sandy Maudlin said...

WOW! This is exquisite! And sowell done. I love it.

Joan said...

This came out so good!! It looks like you've been doing this technique for a long time, not just twice. I hope we can try this together.

Michelle Himes said...

Thanks all. It's not often that I try a new technique and find success. It's a good feeling.

Joan, we can definitely try this together one day. It's a lot less messy than the pouring technique.

laura said...

It's perfectly lovely, so dreamy looking; and the drawing of the iris is excellent (I can never manage an iris!)

BLUEANGLER said...

Absolutely beautiful!!
I will try it too : )
Thanks for the great information!

Ai said...

This is so gorgeous. Pls. do this again and again. Iris is one of my favorite flowers and you just did a superb on this one.

BTW, if you don't mind telling 5 things about yourself on your blog then, I would like to tag you.

Margaret said...

I love your paintings, Mickey. I am blown away. You don't need to spend time on landscapes when you have this gift with flowers. I am so glad I had the opportunity to buy your barn. It is peaceful and found a place in my guestroom.

Stacy said...

Michelle, your iris is beautiful! You should definitely try this technique again.

"JeanneG" said...

I love this style. Great job.

Nick said...

that's a heartbreaker!!!!

Veda Murthy said...

I think its fantastic michelle! first time here to your blog and i am sure to add your link to my blog roll....