Soft Brights

36" x 48", acrylic on aluminumThe colors of the acrylic paints are so wonderfully bright and yet you can get these really soft effects with the spray application.  I used a lot more colors in this one to create the softer petals that frame the brighter ones.  Irises are a great subject because they are so complicated and have such beautiful, scrolling, ruffled  petals. The challenge for me is not to overwork the piece as I always want to get in there and describe every detail.  I let this one sit for a few days and decided to move on.  I will probably do other versions to explore some different painting techniques.

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