After a few rose studies under my belt, I feel like I'm beginning to be happy with the results. The colors in this rose were so varied that it was a pleasure to work on achieving the variations accurately.
I'm loving some new Linen panels from Jerry's Artarama by Senso. They are mdf board wrapped with linen and retain the nature linen color gessoed with a clear gesso. They have a lovely texture that really encourages me to put the strokes down looser. The painting goes much quicker than on my usual Gessobord with the smooth surface but Gessobord is still my favorite for super realistic painting but I'm going to stock up on these! Enjoy the sun and enjoy your Summer in full swing now!
It was a good day in the studio and it started my week off with great expectations. I’m developing a passion for floral art as a result of studying other great paintings and also as a result of my last commission. As I’m being influenced by the gorgeous, loose and painterly styles that I so admire in other artists’ work, I’m moving away from my very precise still life paintings for a while. It is so freeing and so much fun!!! I think my favorite part of this little piece is the blue bits on the petals reflecting the sky. What marvelous color in God’s creation!!! Please enlarge and enjoy the luscious brush strokes of pure color!!!
I’m including some progression shots for those interested.
Trying to loosen up in preparation for more floral still lifes. "Loose" painting is not my comfort zone and I worked past the really loose stage but it is a good start. Several years ago when I first began painting in oils I was so inspired by the loose style I saw many artists achieving and really worked at trying to accomplish a loose style of my own. As I finally got to a degree of acceptable brushwork and pleasant styling, I got interrupted by life and didn't paint for a while. Once my painting resumed I just jumped back in to what I felt comfortable with and began the trend to more and more realistic. That has worked fine and well received by collectors but as I am beginning to explore painting flowers I feel the need to back off from the very tight style that has been my norm. We will see how far I loosen up but I liked this start.....
( Ha, a true loosened up painter would have left off those dew drops, a bit of tight detail, lol )
This series was a pure delight to produce and a departure from my usual still life paintings. However I did a series of four similar paintings in 2016 that was the inspiration for my collector who commissioned the work. I'm so happy to know they will be hanging in a gorgeous Southern home!
This painting was commissioned by a collector who missed out on purchasing the previous 5x7 painting of the same image. I changed the size ratios of the objects to make a better composition for the new size of 6x8. I was especially happy to paint this one again, one of my favorite images. Several other previous works have been reproduce by request and each have improved a bit, it's a good practice!