So, I painted another small landscape. This one is full of lush greens and vibrant poppies. Here is the underpainting. I left blank spaces for the larger poppies, the red paint directly on the white background will make them pop.
I always start with the sky when it comes time to add thick paint with a palette knife.
Here is the painting filled in with the first layer of thick paint. I play around with other colours and apply it in different directions in order to add depth and movement.
With more colour added.
painting close up
Because the foreground is in some shadow, the majority of it has cooler greens. I add a warmer lime green to hint at some sunlight and also to highlight the path of the poppies. I don’t want too much red on green, the direct contrast can be jarring to the eye.
cooler greens and blues
warmer greens with turquoise and scratches in the paint to hint at blades of grass.
Here is the finished painting. It has quite a different feel from the previous landscape post. It is cooler in colour and bold.
poppy field close-up
another poppy field close-up