i'm happy with them! here it is (i know - the suspense was getting to me too - like an old-fashioned cliff-hanger!):
i don't have any process photos, but i do have two close-ups of each set of cherries, so you can see the little areas the stems come out from and the stems, which are what i did today:
the stems were very hard for me - my hands shake (i think it's genetic; my dad & son have it too) & i needed to use goodly blobs of paint for them so it would lay on top of the previous, still wet, paint without picking up the reds & purples. but it turned out i needed to q-tip only two of them!
at first i used my trusty 0 sable filbert, but it lay down too thick a line. then i tried the long edge of the 4 flat sable & that worked well. i also used both those brushes to do all the details of the little petal-type things at the stems' bases, as well as adjust the colors of the main cherry. i realized, once the stem was on it, that i'd not gotten the colors right to indicate the cherry's roundness in the center and the shadowing on its lower left, and also that the highlights had to be crisper.
i submitted it to rookiepainter & it's up already! the other paintings are really wonderful! and such a range of interpretations! check it out here:
i'm looking forward to the next challenge! it was an interesting experience, developing the picture while others watched, not knowing if i could do it or not! i'm really glad i did, tho!
next up for me? i have a photo of a dog i want to try (haven't painted animals yet!) - but a much smaller format - 4" square! can i paint that tiny with my shaky hands? can i do fur at all? will it even look like a dog?! stay tuned!
thank you all for stopping by & for your great support! and if you have any critiques, please let me know - all responses are very welcome!
till next time - take care -