Sunday, May 1, 2011

Bleeding Hearts

Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts, or Lady-in-the-Bath) is in flower in Irish gardens right now.  So is Forget-me-not. I thought they made a nice composition.
This is a pastel on Ingres paper (which I don't really like); the original is 16 x 12 ins, or 40 x 30 cms. The sequence is self-explanatory.

The sketch was done with Derwent pencils and with CarbOthello. Derwent Magenta 22B, 22D and 22F; and Crimson Lake 20B, 20D and 20F.

The background was kept to greens and blues of like value, mainly Sennelier 394, 293, 294, 351, 764, 395, 336 and 947. Rembrandt got a look in with 618.9 and 512.9.

Initial block-in of flowers was Rembrandt Red Violet Light 546.8. Phthalo Blue  570.5 and Yellow Ochre 227.5. Sennelier 947 is a very light mauve-violet, used for the transparent part of the Dicentra.
The blues for the Myosotis were Rembrandt 506.5 and 506.7. 

The Dicentra were Sennelier 710-713 in the main, also 52, 54, 56, and 378, 380, 383, 384. And one dark magenta Schminke!

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