Small landscape: Poppy afternoon-painting process, 14 x 14 inches

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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 to make them pop.

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.

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 move it in different direction in order to add depth and movement.

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.

With more colour added.

painting close up

painting close up

Because the foreground is in some shadow the majority of it has cooler greens.  I add a bit of 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.

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 green and blues

cooler greens and blues

warmer greens with turquoise and scratches in the paint to hint at blades of grass.

warmer greens with turquoise and scratches in the paint to hint at blades of grass.

Here is the finished painting.  I has quite a different feel from the previous landscape post.  It is mistier, cooler in colour and bold.

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

poppy field close-up

another poppy field close-up

another poppy field close-up

Small landscape: Spring meadow-painting process, 14 x 14 inches

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I was in the mood to do a spring inspired landscape.  Using a personal photo reference,  I start with a very simple sketch.

I was in the mood to do a Spring inspired landscape. Using a personal photo reference, I start with a very simple sketch.

Then a wash of colour.

Then a wash of colour.

Starting with the sky, I add thick paint with a palette knife.

Starting with the sky, I add thick paint with a palette knife.

This is how the painting looks before I play around with a bit more colour.

This is how the painting looks before I play around with a bit more colour.

I have added some wonderful turquoise and various greens.

I have added some wonderful turquoise and various greens.

Now, it is time for the wildflowers.

Now, it is time for the wildflowers.

Here is the finished painting.  I think I captured the movement of the grasses and flowers in a spring meadow.

Here is the finished painting. I think I captured the movement of the grasses and flowers in a spring meadow.

painting close-up

painting close-up

Painting process: Colourful Landscape, 12 x 24 inches

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I have had a 12 x 24 inch board in my studio for a while now.  I didn't have the urge to paint anything on it until yesterday.  I need to do some landscapes for the solo show at in October but I was still thinking about my approach to the subject.  I finally figured it out and this is my painting process.  Above shows the underpainting.

I have had a 12 x 24 inch board in my studio for a while now. I didn’t have the urge to paint anything on it until yesterday. I need to do some landscapes for the solo show in October but I was still thinking about my approach to the subject. I finally figured it out and this is my painting process. Above shows the underpainting.

underpainting close-up

underpainting close-up

The trees have an underpainting now.  I build upon this with a palette knife later.

The trees have an underpainting now. I build upon this with a palette knife later.

tree underpainting close-up

tree underpainting close-up

My palette knives for this painting session.  For my colour palette visit my Q & A section on this blog.

My palette knives for this painting session. For my colour palette visit my Q & A section on this blog.

When painting landscapes I always start with the sky.

When painting landscapes I always start with the sky.

Sky detail

Sky detail

With the sky done I start to work my way down.  pale and cooler in the distance and more warm and vibrant as I move down.

With the sky done I start to work my way down. pale and cooler in the distance and more warm and vibrant as I move down.

painting detail

painting detail

close-up

close-up

The painting is almost finished.  I need to add pops of colour to make it more interesting for the eye.

The painting is almost finished. I need to add pops of colour to make it more interesting for the eye.

detail

detail

texture detail

texture detail

Here is the finished painting.  I love it!  In person the painting just sings.  I will do a couple of small ones to experiment with other colour palettes before I go larger.

Here is the finished painting. I love it! In person the painting just sings. I will do a couple of small ones to experiment with other colour palettes before I go larger.

finished painting detail

finished painting detail

more detail

more detail

Small still life: Anemones in a polka dot jug, 12 x 12 inches

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Just like the previous painting, I used a photo reference and my imagination.  Here is my sketch.

Just like the previous painting, I used a photo reference and my imagination. Here is my sketch.

I know I was going to try and not use blue, but it worked really well with the beige and cream colours.

I know I was going to try and not use blue, but it worked really well with the beige and cream colours.

I used a small palette knife to paint in the background and foreground.

I used a small palette knife to paint in the background and foreground.

close-up

close-up

The leaves have been painted in and I am working on the flowers.

The leaves have been painted in and I am working on the flowers.

flower detail

flower detail

More progress on the bouquet.

More progress on the bouquet.

close-up of bouquet progress

close-up of bouquet progress

With the bouquet finished I completed the jug.  Here is the finished painting.

With the bouquet finished I completed the jug. Here is the finished painting.

finished painting close-up

finished painting close-up

Small still life: White Anemone Bouquet, 12 x 14 inches

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Here is the sketch of the small still-life I painted this evening.  I had some photo references of anemones from previous paintings and with a bit of imagination I came up with this.

Here is the sketch of the small still-life I painted this evening. I had some photo references of anemones from previous paintings and with a bit of imagination I came up with this.

I am using a softer colour palette.  I know, blue again.

I am using a softer colour palette. I know, blue again.

Finished underpainting.

Finished underpainting.

The foreground and background have been painted in now.

The foreground and background have been painted in now.

close up

close up

After painting in the stems and leaves I started on the flowers.

After painting in the stems and leaves I started on the flowers.

flower detail

flower detail

More progress on the flowers.

More progress on the flowers.

another bouquet detail

another bouquet detail

The vase is complete, now the painting is finished.  I think it's a great little painting even though I didn't use a live subject.I will do another one, 12 x 12 inches.  No blue, maybe.

The bouquet is done, the vase is complete, now the painting is finished. I think it’s a great little painting even though I didn’t use a live subject.  I will do another one, 12 x 12 inches. No blue…maybe.

Finished work detail

Finished work detail

My 5 day painting session is complete!

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So, I finally finished!  I kept taking breaks towards the end.  I don't like to paint tired, I start making mistakes and I get very frustrated.  Above is a continuation of where I left off in my last post.  After I was done with the two vases I started rendering the objects on the table.

So, I finally finished! I kept taking breaks towards the end. I don’t like to paint when I’m mentally or physically tired, I start making mistakes and I get very frustrated. Above is a continuation of where I left off in my last post. After I was done with the two vases I started rendering the objects on the table.

More progress. The last step is painting the stripes.

More progress. The last step is painting the stripes.

(detail)

(detail)

It's done!  Whew, what a session.  It is too early to say what I feel about it, I am just too tired.  I will take a look at it in the morning with fresh eyes.

It’s done! Whew, what a session. It is too early to say what I feel about it.  I will take a look at it in the morning with fresh eyes.  

It is all about blue and white stripes in my studio!  I am just loving my Old Holland Ultramarine Blue at the moment.

It is all about blue and white stripes in my studio! I am just loving my Old Holland Ultramarine Blue at the moment.

Painting process: painting vases and hyacinths

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I had a late start today.  I just felt like taking it easy.  After passing the painting a couple times I decided to paint a little more.  I began with the blue and white vase.  Above is a close-up.

I had a late start today. I just felt like taking it easy, but after passing the painting a couple times I decided to paint a little more. I began with the blue and white vase. Above is a close-up.

vase detail

vase detail

This little jug is one of my faves.  I really enjoy painting it.  The shape is so fun.  I have used a palette knife to render the jug before putting the pattern on.

This little jug is one of my faves. I really enjoy painting it. The shape is so fun. I used a palette knife to render the jug before putting the pattern on.

jug detail

jug detail

Here is it finished along side the blue and white vase.

Here is the finished jug alongside the blue and white vase.

jug detail

jug detail

The hyacinths have fared better than the camellias but not by much.  I had to use my reference photo and some imagination.  above is my start on the white hyacinths.

The hyacinths held up better than the camellias but not by much.  I had to use my reference photo and some imagination. Above is my start on the white hyacinths.

I used a brush for the hyacinths.  I think they are a great contrast to the camellias.

I used a brush for the hyacinths. I think they are a great contrast to the camellias.

white hyacinth detail

white hyacinth detail

beginning of purple hyacinths

beginning of purple hyacinths

Here is what I have accomplished today.  I am almost finished!

Here is what I have accomplished today. I am almost finished!

In my studio: The camellias are finished!

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Even though the camellias have withered and the petals are floppy the colours are still vibrant.  With the help of my reference photos I began painting them today.  I made a couple of paint mixes for the flowers so Idon't have to keep stopping to mix paint.

Even though the camellias have withered and the petals are floppy, the colours are still vibrant. With the help of my reference photos I began painting them today. I made a couple of paint mixes for the flowers so I don’t have to keep stopping to mix paint.

I started with the darker flowers.

I started with the darker flowers.

You can see my progress, working from left to right.

You can see my progress, working from left to right.

camellia detail

camellia detail

another camellia close-up

another camellia close-up

My palette after painting half of the flowers.

My palette after painting half of the flowers.

The camellias are finally done!  I have had dinner and watched some TV, but I don't know if I feel like painting anymore tonight.  I may get a second wind...maybe.

The camellias are finally done! I have had dinner and watched some TV, but I don’t know if I feel like painting anymore tonight. I may get a second wind…maybe.

In my studio: Beginning stages of a 40 x 40 inch still life

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The underpainting took a while.  My right arm actually started to ache.  I thought I would get to the camellias but at this point I don't think I will.

The underpainting took a while. My right arm actually started to ache. I thought I would get to the camellias but at this point I don’t think I will.

The background has been painted in with a brush.

The background has been painted in with a brush.

background close-up

background close-up

The leaves of the larger bouquet are painted in using a small palette knife. I decided to stop here even though I haven't done the camellias yet.  I need to save my energy for the big paint session tomorrow.

The leaves of the larger bouquet are painted in using a small palette knife. I decided to stop here.  I need to save my energy for the big paint session tomorrow.

A close-up of the leaves.

A close-up of the leaves.

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