With the recent activity on a some botanical art blogs about white backgrounds, I am trying to teach myself how to change this horrible grey background on photoshop. However I am not getting very far. I will watch some of the video's available online tomorrow and see if they enlighten me. For now though, I'm posting Milly's grey background... unless someone can give me a step by step in the comments? If you do I would be VERY grateful as I am starting to pull my hair out!
So this is Milly after one day of painting - the first day! It's always good doing the first bit, as it's the most risky. Now I have done the scary bit feel I can keep going. Milly is a dark purple-red (the image I posted of her here is too red and doesn't show her true colour and the image above of her has come out more purple that the real thing - yep, I cam having trouble with my camera!).
I have had to use masking fluid to block out her markings. I don't like to use it and rarely do (am still convinced that it's a form of cheating), but with the wet washes I need to apply to her bottom petal the masking fluid has become an essential material. Milly so far as has a wash of Red Madder, a 6 alternating washes of mixed Winsor Violet and Red Madder and Permanent Rose (on it's own).
Grapes in pencil - F, B, HB, 4B and 8B used in this study
I am also cracking on with the sketchbook work still, which I am really enjoying now. It's very satisfying completing work as part of a collection.