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A Red Magic Daylily by Meenakc

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By Meenakc

A Red Magic Daylily by Meenakc

A Red Magic Daylily

A Red Magic Daylily by Meenakc

Colour Chart

Title and Medium

Title: 'A Red Magic Daylily'

Medium: Oil colour painting on stretched cotton canvas 16x12"

Colours: Lemon yellow, Cadmium yellow, Cadmium red, Cerulean blue, Yellow ochre, Burnt umber and Titanium white.

Artist's Statement

I never did any painting with oil colour on canvas. For the opaque colour painting project I couldn't use my watercolour paints. So, I bought a set of oil paints tube, necessary things and a book from library to start a painting. All are Winton oil colours. First I verified all the colours are opaque on the Winsor & Newton website. Then I re-checked in a black paper and make a colour chart.

For the composition I thought the colour of the red magic daylily can achieve by using cadmium yellow and cadmium red. For under painting I used cadmium yellow. Then gradually build the colour by mixing either on palette or on the canvas. I was little confused about the background. Hope, I did everything alright. I really like this medium.

What I'd Do Differently

  • This is my first oil painting. I don't have any practical knowledge about this medium. I am very happy with the result. Thank you very much for this project, this is the best thing to start a new year. Also thanks for the lots of information about oil painting in your website.
  • I like the vibrancy of the colour of the flower which I got for the opaque colours, I think.

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Marion Boddy-Evans, About.com Painting, says:

The most important aspect to oil painting is the fat over lean rule, to ensure it doesn't crack as it dries. I think your enjoyment of the medium really shows: there's a liveliness and joy to the colors. The composition works well too: the negative space that leads the eye around the flower, the strong focal point (center of the lily) that pulls the eye in but then the curves encourage the eye to move out again. Lovely use too of the green/red complementary to add vibrancy.

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