Wednesday, 29 February 2012

The Maiden Hair Fern...

So here is a glimpse of the Maidenhair Fern around the Phalaenopsis. I am glad I put it in the painting, but it's still not remedied the problem. There is still a 'hole' in the overall composition, so I am going to have to put a third Milly in - as suggested by my wise friend Vicki. This is going to require a magic eraser. I haven't used one of these before so when it arrives in the post I will do some trial runs in my sketchbook before putting it anywhere near this painting. I really hope I can fix this before the deadline.

Other news is my back is really bad now. Can't move my left arm very well. I think I need to save up my pennies for a drawing board! As a result of this I have been with the acupuncturist this luncheon getting a good old prod. She is very good and knows what she is doing. The pain did go after a couple of sessions, but it's back with vengeance. I guess it's not surprising with all the work I am doing.

I thought I'd post this in. Here I resotrted to placing the real leaves on the painting in order to work out if this is what I wanted to do.

Next up - Boris's flowers...

13 comments:

  1. Oh dear me - the pressure .... I'm not sure about the first use of a magic eraser on a diploma piece but if anyone can do it you can! I only meant a stem with the deeper pink bud in between the paler flowers - not a big flower - just a stem with a bud or slightly opening - I hope you're still talking to me after this!!! xxx (that's my fingers crossed for you)

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  2. Looking good... are you sure you need the magic eraser?

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  3. Yep.. need the eraser as some petals go over a thick dark green leaf and I have put a lot of fern in! Whoopsy! Yo Vicki, I tried the bud suggestion, but a bud looks really odd at the bottom (which is where my 'hole' is). I quite like Milly no. 3... kinda spins off that 'things in threes' senario. No worries though, if it goes wrong is my fault. Just confirming really that I did need another flower in the end/something more colourful than the fern on its own. I am just really grateful that you have tried to help Vicki, it's very kind of you to spare some of your time. I hope that after dating some new vegetables that you've now found Mr. right :) I can now officially say that we will meet next month now February is over! Not long now...

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  4. Ta mum. Lots of love xxxxx P.S. I think I have shifted the sore throat, looking good... for now x

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  5. If you have access to a teflon bone folder such as bookbinders use, it is very good for smoothing out the paper after the use of the magic eraser.

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  6. Thanks Elizabeth! That's great advice... I have one and I'll try it out. TVM!

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  7. Oh Jess, and after all your hard work. Keeping my fingers crossed that the magic eraser does the business and all goes well with the fern.

    I wish I could pass on some sagely advice for this one but alas all I can do is pass on my best wishes for a good outcome. x

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  8. Looking super amazing Jess! I love seeing your progress work, the phalaenopsis is looking astounding :)

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  9. Thanks Stephanie! Really great to hear your praise as you are officially the queen of natural history illustration. How's the fundraising going? I must send you some dosh. Let me know when you have a webpage all set up. x

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  10. Hi Jarnie! Yes, it is a bit of a pain, but that's how it goes... Some would say I am a ninny because I don't use a sketchbook. For all my paintings I go straight in with no planning. I do this because I find I get a bit too precious if I start pouring tons of energy into the first phases and I wouldn't take risks - the risks which I think are necessary to make a piece of work 'sing' and come from the heart. Anyway, the result of this type of working is alas this problem here... a bodged composition. This is the first time this has happened in a while (happened during the Flowers Assignment a bit). So I guess that's life! Thanks for wishing me the est of luck Jarnie - very sweet of you. I really hope we can pull this one off :)

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  11. I just found your blog via the blog of Vicki. Your work is great! Although you are not completely happy with the composition, I find it already very beautiful. I love orchids, and your painted orchids look very real.
    Good luck with finishing the painting!

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  12. Thanks Jennifer! Welcome to Inky Leaves. I love your 2 blogs - such beautiful and colourful orchid paintings. I am glad you think my painting looks real :)

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