Leaves & Flowers

The above is just another practice piece I painted the other day. I’m starting to get the idea of how I can add depth to the petals by doing some wet-on-dry lines to suggest a curve. I saw another nice technique today, too, where the artist used a pen to draw outlines onto her dried watercolour flowers. I have a piece I’d like to try that on.

Just out of curiosity, I decided to use this piece to see what difference scanning versus photographing the piece makes. I had noticed that some of the pieces I’d scanned in recent weeks seemed a bit washed out once I’d posted them here. The image in the header is a photograph. The one below is a scan of the same painting, without any adjustments having been made in Photoshop.

Orange_Flower_scanned_original
So, it’s as I suspected. Scanning definitely washes out some of the colour, and in this case, some detail. I’m going to make an adjustment in Photoshop and see if I can get the vibrancy of the colours in the photo, but with the brighter background of the scanned version.

Okay. So, I put an adjustment layer over the piece and turned the contrast down to -40, and here’s the result.

Orange_Flower_scanned_adjusted
Adjusted in Photoshop, as mentioned above. I’m sure a more seasoned Photoshopper could get closer to the original. I still have a lot to learn.

Out of the three images on this page, I think the one in the header is truest to the original. Even though I took that photo in daylight, I think I probably should have turned the light on in the room, which would have lifted it just a bit. I might do that yet, perhaps on the weekend, and see what result I get. When I do it, I’ll post the result here.

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