Friday, July 25, 2008

Iris on Yupo II

Thanks to the great critiques I got from the WcW gang, it was pointed out that my spiky iris leaves were not skinny enough and were too overpowering for the size of the irises. So, since this is Yupo and allows many goofs and corrections, I wiped out all the FAT leaves and started that part over. I am not sure this is finished yet, but will say that it (or I) am finished for now.


Sandy Maudlin said...

OH WOW!!!!!!!!! What a great painting. I really like it, especially the rich jewel tones of the flower petals. keep it up and enjoy your weekend.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Thanks, Sandy! I have another technical Yupo question I will ask of you, but I'll do that on your blog. I do have to say I think this version looks better and, as always, I am grateful for those who take the time to help me with the painting suggestions. Extra eyes can make the difference!

Sandy Maudlin said...

Regarding your question about spraying YUPO --- many ask about spraying YUPO. It's fine to use either Krylon satin clear spray (Walmart) or Blair fixative - more bucks but same product. Use a light sweeping spray from side to side, allow to dry and respray again. . . and again.

Some people spray several times and use no glass to frame the YUPO painting - not what i recommend, tho. I have been able to go back in and cut thru the sprayed surface to make changes, so i don't think the spray makes the surface durable enough for everyday wear and tear. Mine are covered with plexi or glass.

HOWEVER - I no longer spray mine at all. The only danger is that should you take it to a framer who has moist fingers, their fingerprints could be imprinted where they handle it. Also, if you sell the painting unframed, be sure to include clear directions about handling the painting until it's framed.

I've never been able to tell any discoloration on the YUPO - painted or plain white surface - from the spray.

I don't spray mine because it's a hassle and because I may want to go back in later and change something. I think Taylor only sprays hers around the edges for that reason. George James - THE most awesome YUPO MASTER, for sure, doesn't spray his.

If you ever use salt on the YUPO, you must thoroughly spray it to seal the salt from humidity or it'll absorb moisture and rewet the paint on the YUPO surface. (I no longer advise using salt effects on YUPO.)

Great job on your irises.

July 25, 2008 10:21 PM

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Wow, Sandy! I only anticipated a Yes or No answer on the sealer on Yupo question. I should have known you are such a giving instructor that you would help me this much. Thanks for this! I think I will not spray it. I always put everythign under glass in the frame and sinc we are on the desert there won't likely be many humid days to cause condensation.

Thanks again, you are a good friend to us who are just learning about this Yupo. It is a curse and a blessing to work with, but I will get there yet!

Doris Glovier said...

Susan, I love this painting and am glad you did not crop the top or paint the background. This has such a nice clean appearance simply allowing the floral work stand on its own. This is fantastic. Iris are among my favorite flowers but I have yet to attempt to paint them. These are making me want to try

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Thanks, Kathy! I bought some purple matboard and then painted some of the irises that same color. When I cut the matboard that automatically cropped the top of the painting and made a bit of difference in all that top white space. I, too, was striving for that clean look on this one and like how it all turned out. I signed the painting on the lower left and that filled out that white space, too.