White Oleander Painting

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Do you see white flowers? 
Aha, it is a White Oleander, the one that is growing down my street.

 This yet poisonous (see the story here ) but such beautiful bush amazes me each time when I take a walk in the neighborhood.   

And now I’ll explain why I asked about white:

I painted these Oleander flowers without using any white color, and on a top of it there is not even a  spec of white paper left on the painting. Before I began to paint, I made a good “rainbow-ie” wash on the paper. Then I dried it nicely, reserved the space for the middle of the flowers and started playing with one wash after another on the flowers’ surface.

Yet the real magic began when I worked on the background. The so-rather-not-white flowers all of a sudden became united and quiet white against the dark of the background colors.

I love that kind of magic!! 
Original painting White Oleander is 20″x16″ on 300lb Arches professional watercolor paper


9 thoughts on “White Oleander Painting

  1. This is a really REALLY nice piece, and thank you so much to describing the process of how you make the white pop. I love the colors in the background, but it didn't occur to me that certain colors in the background will add to the white subject in different ways, depending on what effect you want. Thanks for the inspiration! Congratulations on a gorgeous painting!

  2. Hi Irina:) Your painting is magic! Very beautiful. I use that rule too: if you want something lighter make the surrounding parts darker. It works! I really love your painting. Great art:)

  3. Hi Renate,
    Thank you for your lovely comment, you always praise me so well :0)
    I use the value rule all the time. It helps to make painting more interesting for the eye.. Yet some dull paintings can bring up some different moods. It is all what we want to achieve.
    Have a nice and productive week!

  4. Thank you Kathryn so much. I liked that experiment. Though, I've heard many times that the artist should leave white of the paper for white flowers.
    Have a good one!

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