Hello All Artist Hearts,
It's finally time for the next installment of The Last Rose of Summer.  What we are looking at today is the effect and visual impact that is created with the addition of the newest layers of purple pigment.  Although only a few extra petals and leaves have been worked on, I can see a strong improvement in the forms and shadows, yet without dulling or destroying the light radiating through the petals.  That is certainly what we are striving to achieve at this stage of the painting.

The beauty of laying in the pre washes of my yellow pigments means that as I apply my veils of Purple or Alizarin colors I am able to use the same value strength for each layer.  But, because I am laying them one over the other in stages (allowing each application of paint to dry completely to avoid mud) the visual reads deeper, darker shadow forms and sharper edges with the lights of the yellows glowing through the layers up to the surface of my art paper (140 Lb. Hot Press Arches paper) giving us that delightful life-like floral image.

TIP:  Working with yellows and purples can be a tricky process and your colors can become muddy very quickly.  The secret is to let each layer dry completely.  If the surface of the paper feels cool to the touch of the inside of your wrist (much like when you test the temperature of a baby's heated formulae on your wrists) then you need to continue to let your work dry longer.  If it feels room temperature or warmish then you can be certain it is thoroughly dry and you can safely continue painting.

If you don't wait for it to dry properly then if you apply your purples to the damp yellow layers you will muddy your vibrant colors and spoil the glow you so desire.

My next post will show this painting a lot further along as I continue the same process for each petal as well as for the leaves under washes.   Until next time, keep inspired and your brushes wet.

As thing get busier and busier with preparing for Christmas and the New Year it will be more difficult to find that precious time to fit your time for painting, but even if you can take 15 minutes to mentally look at subjects and try to analyze it's colors or compute what colors you would mix to create a certain color that you see in the subject or object before you, then it might satisfy that need to create.  I call it painting by osmosis!   :>)
Blessings and have a wonderful Christmas season as we remember the glorious birth and life of our Wonderful and precious Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Jan