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I've created a video or a little kitten in a copper wire basket with roses as a mini-tutorial demonstration video
My plan is to create a beautiful colour harmony, not too many colours. I need to be careful because I have a wide range of colour. There is the pink rose, the lilac blooms, there is foliage which is green, and there in the copper basket, so there is a side range of colours, n I need to pull some of those colours back. The kitten was ginger, and one of my first decisions in planning this artwork was to make the kitten cream so that the main colours would be creamy pastels that would allow the copper basket to sing in vibrant colour contrast.
I wanted to create soft greens so I kept the foliage to muted in hues.
There are lovely coppery undertones in the shadows wishing the fur of the kitten which compliment the copper basket.
Much of the flower arrangement, especially the lilac, has a blurred background. I've created a three-dimensional effect in the lilac sprays by blueing the back of each cone-shaped cluster and suggesting a hint of detail toward the front of the lilac flower.
Another reason why I have muted the dark green foliage or added white to make the light green foliage a pastel green, is that I believe that the kitten's green eyes are a more important part or one of the focal points in the painting, so I will allow them to dominate by giving them a more intense green hue than I've allowed for the foliage in the background.
Photo of the Artwork in Progress in my Studio
When planning a painting, decide which parts of the artwork are to be your primary and secondary points of focus and which parts you want to compliment the main coral points and not draw the viewer's eye away from the main points of interest.
As lovely as roses are, they are not to dominate this artwork. The kitten's face with its pink nose, greet eye, light, and shade contrast on the forward ear, these features are to be made more dominant than the roses. After seeing the kitten first the viewer's eye will wander through the painting from the kitten's face to the roses, wandering around within the painting, picking up the lilac and the copper basket, but always keeping the eye within the artwork, with no lines leading the eye outward.
Painting the Colour Harmony and Tones of Metal
When painting metal remember it is a highly reflective surface so the main colouring might not be the obvious colour of the metal surface, it this instance copper, it might be the red-violet and blue-violet of the flowers and the muted green reflections from the foliage plus the cream of the kitten's fur.
Paint the darkest darks and lightest lights from the surrounding areas to represent the metal in the artwork. Put these down with sharp, unblended contrast to give the impression of the hard reflective surface. See the impression of copper developing on the wire basket as the contrast of light and shade builds in bold brushwork.
I like my flower paintings to appear natural, like nature, and not an all like a standard florist's arranged bouquet wade from perfect, straight stem lowers.
Something else to consider if you are a painter with pets in to find a pet hair free place to work and to dry your artwork. You don't want pet hairs in your painting—aside from those you paint.
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Ryn Shell paints a copper wire basket in a painting with a cream kitten, pink roses and blue violet lilacs. She chats about colour harmony, aerial perspective and composition, while working in Winsor and Newton artist's quality acrylic paints.
Notable Features of White Cats
White cats come in a variety of cat breeds. from the British Shorthair, Sphynx to Turkish Van. Most white cats have other colourings through their coat, most easily seen when they are in sunlight.
Many breeds of cats produce a wide range of colourings from black to white, with about 5% of the kittens in each litter appearing to be white.
There are some genetic health issues attached to hair and eye colour traits, although not all blue-eyed white cats will have these conditions. Deafness is more common among blue-eyed white cats, such as the one in my painting, than in the general coloured hair cat population.
The paler the skin, and the less pigmentation an animal has, the more prone it will be to sunburn and skin cancer.
Still, who couldn't adore a beautiful white cat?
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