|'Looking Up' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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If you avoid flowers or would like to speed up the learning curve, here are three of my favorite tips for painting sunflowers or any yellow flower.
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TIP: I always try to give yellow a boost....if I know my petals will be yellow I will underpaint or block in the flowers with some yellow.
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2. Building Up Petal Color. Sunflower petals are not just bright yellow. Observe them carefully and you will see oranges, reds, ochres and many variations of these warm colors. I always like to decide what is the darkest color I see in the petals and lay in this color first. Often I start with a burnt orange and gradually add layers of color getting progressively to the brighter and more intense yellows.
TIP: When you get to the final layers of yellow I like to mix a warm and a cool yellow. Also avoid using pale yellow (yellow with a lot of white) This will give you washed out flowers.
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TIP: To avoid this you need to turn off your auto pilot and look carefully at your flower reference. The petals are rarely perfect.....vary the shapes and sizes and positioning and you will have a more interesting and natural flower.
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