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Extensive General Overview & Notes


  1. You can either print out the pictures you choose or study them from a large image on your computer screen. 

  2. Flowers are always wonderful to swirl and twirl your pastels, charcoal or paintbrush in a skating manner, freely and creatively finding form from your study. Vary your marks using tracking techniques and tone and line work. 

  3. Gently commence your pictures by keeping the images soft and easy to erase if necessary, then gradually build up the picture by strengthening the image and creating the picture you want. 

  4. Composition and Contrast: A) Compose images so that you have an unbalanced structure and variable subject matter in the cluster of wildflowers. B) Contrast the flowers against the under-story of the plant base and grasses that are presented in the image. Use strong and variable tonal changes to describe the contrast

  5. Remember colorists that the greens are many, with many blues as well as purples, browns and bone tones. 

  6. Strengthen a particular flower with colour or tones depending on your medium to pull the eye into your image. 

  7. Perspective, tonal values and depth of field: Let the top (back of the clump of wildflowers) be more vague with softer tones with the mid-ground in focus, and the foreground can be darker and lighter in contrast to the foreground and background.  

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