How to Paint a Candle, Flame and Fire, continued
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Step 5. Add more cadmium orange to outer edge. Blend all steps for a smooth look. Next, using some of the orange and a tiny bit of yellow, blend in a glow into the candle body to give the appearance of being translucent.
Use the orange on the bottom area and then the yellow glow in the top portion. Add a touch of white to the yellows and spot some highlighted areas to the top of the candle edge.
Step 6. Paint a background of burnt umber. Add a small area to the outer edge of the flame using a mix of cadmium orange with a little alizarin crimson.
Blend this evenly and then using a mix of white and ultramarine blue, paint and blend the outer bluish edge of the flame. Soften the outer edge here an there.
The next illustration shows how to paint a larger flame by expanding these same techniques.
Step 7. Here we use the same techniques and steps to paint a large fire that may be in a fireplace or at a campfire. Simply repeat the steps and merge the flame masses together to create the look of a larger fire.
Paint in the suggestion of logs or burning material for the base in the fireplace or campfire.
I hope you have enjoyed this exercise and will find it helpful in your painting.
William F. Powell
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