I did an quick ala prima (that means "all at once") painting today that I posted on my Daily Painting blog and I'm going to show interested parties - whoever you are - how I painted it.
So...first comes a picture of the actual setup I use. As you can see here, I use a back drop made of cardboard with some plain black, non reflective, wool clipped to it. I've arranged it next to a north facing window to bring cool north light onto the set up.
I prepared a piece of 8" x 10" unstretched canvas which I then taped to a piece of board. If this were a larger more detailed or finished piece, I would actually prime the canvas with a thin layer of burnt umber oil color and then lift out the highlights. But here I just toned the piece with a little red ochre gesso. for last. There's no highlights or detail yet either. More detail is added in the next phase.
Next, I did a quick indication with a few lines of umber oil paint where I wanted the bouquet to fall. I figured I only had an 8" x 10" format within which to make a statement and I wanted the flowers to take full stage, so I made them a bit larger and reduced just slightly the size of the green glass vase. The cloth is just the stage on which it all sits here, so I minimalized it in the block in.
Below you can see the actual color block in. This was done with thin color. I use local color here - that's the obvious color of the actual object - green, blue, etc. I had some premixed violet and purple from my last Hyacinth painting left and figured it would work well with the yellow blooms. That's because violet is a compliment to yellow and helps to set off the yellow and make it appear more vibrant. As you can see, the flowers are not actually painted in here. I save them
for last. There's no highlights or detail yet either. More detail is added in the next phase.
In the final phase of the painting, I've refined the petals by adding some darks to the inside edges, put in more highlights with some pretty thick paint and added brights to the cloth. The vase is more refined as well. Viola "Shinshine on a Winter's Day". Once dry, the canvas will be trimmed and mounted on board.
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