Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Original Oil Painting Iris

Reflective Iris


10" x 10"
Painted on gessoboard . 

I completed the iris today. I spent about two hours going over the whole painting. This is a slower process. Towards the end I am adjusting colors with some glazing and painting with more nuggets of color. I check highlights to make sure they are clean and bright. I look for any muddy colors and correct them with a fresh stroke of color. I did add a discord color with the blue to draw attention to areas but only in small amounts. I also added a tint of lemon green to reflective parts. This has to be done very carefully or it can quickly muddy things up. Thanks for viewing my painting and if you would like to know more about my process please scroll down. Have a great Thanksgiving and now I need to walk the dog and make pies!! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My process steps for an Iris painting.

Step One

Sketch in basic shapes of the iris and a few shadow shapes to remind me of where the light is coming from. Then paint in the background. This is where I am thinking of using the dark values of green and yellow ochre. I mix olive green and transparent red with a little black and ultra marine blue to start putting in the dark areas on the top mostly. I am not worried if I leave spaces between the paint strokes because I will use a soft brush and blend the whole area together. On the bottom half I use transparent red, yellow orchre, a little purple, and permanent rose. The background is painted smoothly with a soft brush. This gives me a good background to paint on later with stems, leaves, buds etc. 

Step Two

Now I draw my attention to the iris. I am painting from a reference photo. I decided to start with the top and work my way down mixing a variety of yellows, golds, and white. I mark the dark values first and then a few of the lightest areas. This way I get a feeling of form. 

Step Three

This is the step where I really start painting. I have premixed several of the values I see in the yellow petals. I have a sense of form to work with so now I start from the edge of the petal and paint to the center of the petal with beautiful brushstrokes and clean colors.  I consider this the fun part! Not worrying about mistakes because with oil paint it is very easy to change things later. This is a great time to watch for beautiful nuggets of color. So if I see a nugget of lemon yellow color or pure cadmium yellow deep while painting the shadows, I just pop it in. Sometimes, I will have a couple of brushes going at once. One brush for dark values and one brush for light values.

Step Four

Here is the yellow petal filled in. I know the whole thing will be evaluated later and probably changed several times but I do not want to continue on it until I get the bottom filled in. Everything in a painting relates to each other. It is nearly impossible to paint one part to 100 % finish without the other areas at least filled in.

 This is also a great time for a break. Put a load of wash in, feed the dog, take out the trash, stretch, get a snack, etc. Nothing to stressful or requiring brain power, I save that for painting. It is amazing how many decisions you make when you create. I use to tell my students it is not unusual to feel your brain racing, it always happens when you are creating! If it isn't you're probably stuck and do not know what to do. That would be a good time to get advice. 

Step Five

Now that I have taken a small break, I cleaned my palette and premixed colors for the bottom half of the iris which is mostly warm purples with bits of gold on the edges and center. 

I love mixing colors! When I taught art, I would mix almost as many different colors as students in the class. Of course the primary colors, secondary colors, white and black usually were repeated a couple of times. I would spend 30- 40 minutes mixing beautiful colors, it was always fun seeing the students eyes light up when they saw the choices they had.

Step Six

Here I go marking the different color areas. Noticing the large color areas in the middle of the petal and the small fractured shapes around the edges to give it a ruffle affect. Just having fun trying to keep the colors clean. 

Step Seven

I painted the bottom petals just like I did the top yellow ones: working from the edges to the center of each purple petal. Trying to make beautiful brushstrokes and keep the colors clean are my top priorities. While doing this step I notice the reflective lavender color in the gold petals. If I notice something I put it in right away so I don't have to try and remember it later.

Step Eight

I added some strong highlights to the yellow and call it a day. I need to walk away for a longer time to get a fresh look. So now would be a good time to take my dog Tuck for a walk.

Step Nine

Taking the dog for a walk!

Step Ten

Started working on the background. I used a Q tip to wipe some areas off where the buds will go.

Step Eleven

When I finished the background I hated the white in the purple petals. It was too obnoxious. This is where I do not look at the photo much. I focus totally on the painting. What looks good for the painting is more important than having the painting look exactly like the photo.  I will post the finished painting tomorrow.  

Monday, November 23, 2015

Original Oil Painting Disco Pansies

Disco Pansies

10" x 10"
Painted on a gessobord.

These multi color pansies are vibrate and disco like. They make an excellent addition to my big flowers on small boards. When you look at them do you feel the urge to tap your fingers or toes? 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Original Oil Painting Rose Blossoms

Rose Blossoms

16" x 20"
Painted on linen panel. 

I painted this using a combination of photos. One for the vase and another for everything else. Of course there are little ideas of my own all over the place.  I made the bowl the flowers are lying in silver, to reflect the colors around it. The ties hanging off the pot help pull the viewers eye in. The background which I did first was a bit of a challenge. I wanted it to use all the colors I plan to use in the painting put making them a darker shade to help them recede. The pattern I painted as if it was on a shear transparent fabric, something elegant to go with the roses. Now the roses are more like bush roses. Those I stuck mostly to the photo reference but just push the color contrast more. I was going for a warm, elegant, look. 

Thanks for viewing my painting.

This is what it looks like framed.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Original Oil Painting Rainbow Lily

Rainbow Lily

10" x 10"
Painted on gessobord.

This is the third painting in my series of large flowers on small boards. I used one of my own lily photos. These lovely white oriental lilies are usually my last lilies to bloom. They do have a purple tint to the edges and the white reflects a lot of color. I really pushed the tints in this painting and need to leave it for today. If I feel it is too strong I will probably glaze white over some of the tints in the center when it drys a bit.

I looked at it today and I declare it finished! If you like, please visit my gallery. I place it on auction today.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Original Oil Painting Goldies


10" x 10"
Painted on gessobord

This is the second painting of my series of big flowers on small boards.
Big thanks to Dan Edmundson's  photo reference!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Original Oil Painting Rosie



10" x 10"
Painted on gessobord.

First painting in a series of big flowers on small boards. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Original Oil Painting Lily Bouquet

Lily Bouquet

12" x 12"
Painted on gessobord.

These are some of my lilies. They all bloom in the middle of summer. I took several pictures of them for later references. This painting was based on one of those reference photos. Lilies are a favorite of mine. They make excellent cut flowers because they are so sturdy and their bold colors are always a joy to paint. The vase is a rummage find from a long time ago. I can not believe this is the first time I painted it.  Thanks for viewing my lily painting.