Friday, November 30, 2018

Original Oil Painting Yellow Roses with Delphiniums

Yellow Roses with Delphiniums

16" x  20"
Painted on Ampersand Gessobord

This is one of the paintings I made for my online course with Elizabeth Robbins. I used her photograph to paint from that is shown below. I hope to post a better photo of my painting above after it is varnished. The table top and blue blossoms are darker and have more hue in them. I will photograph it on a sunny day.  

This is her painting she did for us as a demonstration. She painted it in two hours roughly. Of course my painting took about 8 hours. 

Here are some of my in process photos posted below.

The first step was to block in the shapes I see without thinking about what they represent. Basically just think of them as abstract shapes.

Next I worked on the background and table which will help me get the values right in the roses. I noticed right away they where way to light.

Now I start on the large left rose. Adding more detail and contrast. Unfortunately I became very frustrated and moved on to the other roses. I found out using a little less detail and more soft edges made the rose look like real roses. I knew all the roses will need more work but I needed to take a break so I worked the glass vase. What fun!

The next day I revisited the roses adding less contrast in the left rose and finishing the vase and table scraps.

Checking the highlights and adding new paint to freshen them up if needed. I also decided the background hue was to saturated and too gold. I spent an hour working on just that. I hate it when I get the background wrong but I am much happens with the less saturated darker hue. I used a transparent oxide red, olive green and gray violet to wash over the background colors.

Well I thought I was done. I photographed it, loaded it on the computer and stopped. I could not take my eyes off the glass reflection. When my eyes settle on a spot and stop moving I know I got a problem. The reflection is competing with the flowers. I need to calm it down so you do not notice it as much as the flowers.

This is my finished painting below. The table hue is much like the photo above but the day light was getting darker and the colors look washed out in this photo.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018

Original Oil Painting Rose Valley

Rose Valley

12" x 12"
Painted on Ampersand Gessobord.


This was a fun painting. It has been gloomy around here lately with all the clouds that I thought a bright painting of flowers would lift my spirits. I used a combination of photos to paint this. I painted it in a more stylistic way to give it more punch. The red vase symbolizes the human heart and the flowers are the joy the heart seeks. Everybody Needs Love!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018

Original Oil Painting Robbin's Granny One

Robbin's Granny One

6" x 6"
Painted on Ampersand Gessobord.

Here is another paint study I made for Elizabeth Robbin's Art course online. Our lesson was to paint with a cool light and going over the steps to paint form. It was an excellent refresher lesson. I have been in a painting slump this summer and hopefully taking lessons will break the slump. Thanks for viewing my little green apple study.