|Susan Avis Murphy Rooting Spider Plant image 10x14"|
|Spider Plant Roots original photo|
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Step 3. Next I propped the painting about 2" high using a box of waxed paper, and I mixed up a large puddle of ultramarine blue with Hansa yellow and brown madder. My intention was to create an interesting granulating gray color. I painted the entire background in one large wash, keeping the paper quite wet so that backruns would not form. By propping up the board and always working off the bead of water at the bottom of the wash, you can keep the wash from forming back-runs. Do not go back up and touch with water any parts near the upper half that are beginning to dry...
|Spider Plant step 3|
Step 4. The background wash came out bluer than I had intended. I will be going over the entire background again later. Meanwhile, I started painting the leaves and colors in the water-filled vase. I exaggerated a little any colors that I saw there (look back at the reference photo). This is an exercise in negative painting since the roots are not masked out.
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|Spider Plant step 6 close-up|
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Step 10. To find a little reference photo for my baby spider plant, I Googled "spider plant images" and came up with hundreds of photos! I choose a good one just to look at a little as a reference. First I had to remove the gray paint. So I drew in my baby plant with pencil, then surrounded it with 3M drafting tape to mask the edges, and lifted off the paint with a small stencil brush. It took a while.
|Spider Plant step 10|
|Susan Avis Murphy Rooting Spider Plant 10x14"|