Here’s another piece that I’ve finished and I’m really happy with it! The thorns are made by scratching on the paper surface to add more texture to the negative pained thorns and segment edges of the cactus itself.
If you remember here’s what it looked like in an earlier post.
So what did I learn from doing this? First that negative painting to preserve lights is not that difficult. Negative painting is when you create an image by painting what is around it I did that on the branch, and also to create a stamen and pistils in the center of the main bloom. I remembered to describe the elements in varying amounts of specificity. In other words, not all of the blooms are equally detailed or in focus which gives the viewer something to imagine and fill in the blanks. I also went ahead and put in the background at the same time as the focal flowers and foliage which helped have some edges soft, some edges sharp (that’s known as lost and found edges). Plus I learned that all this was FUN to do!