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.

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(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.

In my studio: Garden Camellias and Stripes, 40 x 40 inch sketch

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So, this was my Thursday night.  I finally had everything ready to start sketching in this latest still life.  Of course the camellias pick this day to give up the ghost, despite my efforts to keep them happy.  Good thing I took reference photos!  Luckily the colour of the petals hasn't faded or browned yet.   I will dream of camellias tonight I bet!   I will post my progress tomorrow evening.  Have a happy Friday everyone!

So, this was my Thursday night. I finally had everything ready to start sketching in this latest still life. Of course the camellias pick this day to give up the ghost, despite my efforts to keep them happy. Good thing I took reference photos! Luckily the colour of the petals hasn’t faded or browned yet. I will dream of camellias tonight I bet! I will post my progress tomorrow evening. Have a happy Friday everyone!

Painting process cont’d: Indigo and magenta moods, 30 x 30 inches

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In the last post I completed the underpainting, with all the colours in place I can easily work my way around the bouquet rendering the various flowers.  You can see above that I started with the leaves and stems.

In the last post, I completed the underpainting. With all the colours in place, I can easily work my way around the bouquet, rendering the various flowers. You can see above that I started with the leaves and stems.

Moving from the leaves to the stock flowers.  I have also painted in the daisies as they are not the focus go the bouquet.

Moving from the leaves to the stock flowers. I have also painted in the daisies as they are not the focus of the bouquet.

stock flower detail

stock flower detail

The tulips are quickly added, they are just there for contrast.

The tulips are quickly added, they are just there for contrast.

Here is a close-up of the tulips and you can see I have begun to paint in the hyacinths.

Here is a close-up of the tulips and you can see I have begun to paint in the hyacinths.

With the anemones finished the bouquet is done and I can move on to the vase.

With the hyacinths and anemones finished, the bouquet is done and I can move on to the vase.

The underpainting of the vase was simple but with a few extra strokes of paint the vase is complete.

The underpainting of the vase was simple but with a few extra strokes of paint the vase is complete.

Vase and figs detail.  All that is left is the stripes.

Vase and figs detail. All that is left are the stripes.

Here is the finished painting.  A better pic will be uploaded to my website by this weekend.  The blue I used is Old Holland-  Ultramarine Blue.  It turns a gorgeous deep royal blue with a bit of white added.  The background is more of a periwinkle, tying in the blue and magentas and echoing in the hyacinths.  The magentas I used for the stock flowers were various mixes of Windsor Newton Artist's Oils; Permanent Rose, Magenta, and Quinacridone Magenta with a bit of titanium white. Love the deep colours in this one but I will try something similar with a lighter background for a different feeling.

Here is the finished painting. A better pic will be uploaded to my website by this weekend. The blue I used is Old Holland- Ultramarine Blue. It turns a gorgeous deep royal blue with a bit of white added. The background is more of a periwinkle, tying in the blue and magentas and echoing in the hyacinths. The magentas I used for the stock flowers were various mixes of Winsor Newton Artist’s Oils; Permanent Rose, Magenta, and Quinacridone Magenta with a bit of titanium white. Love the deep colours in this one, but I will try something similar with a lighter background for a different feeling.

fig and stripes detail

fig and stripes detail

bouquet close-up

bouquet close-up

anemone close-up

anemone close-up

Work in progress: Indigo and magenta moods, 30 x 30 inches

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I know, stripes again...I'm just into them right now.  I have had many ideas about using a blue and white palette for some time.  I now have the right fabrics to do various paintings in this colour scheme.  With store bought flowers I created a wonderful bouquet to accompany the theme.  Above it my set-up and sketch.

I know, stripes again…I’m just into them right now. I’ve had many ideas about using a blue and white colour palette for some time. I finally found the right fabrics to do various paintings in this colour scheme. With store bought flowers I created a wonderful bouquet to accompany the theme. Above is my set-up and sketch.

A better view of my sketch.

A better view of my sketch.

I block in the stems and leaves.

I have blocked in the stems and leaves.

The stock flowers are next.  I am working my way from the larger bits of the bouquet to the smaller flowers.

The stock flowers are next. I am working my way from the larger bits of the bouquet to the smaller flowers.

underpainting detail

underpainting detail

The underpainting is complete. I had a late start on this one so, I stopped here.  It is 1am here and I'm headed to bed now.  Goodnight!

The underpainting is complete. I had a late start on this one so I stopped here. It is 1am  and I’m headed to bed now. Goodnight!

What’s drying in my studio: Tulips with Stripes, 24 x 24 inches

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Brace yourself, I have documented the whole painting session today.  This post is a long one.  So, here we go...   Above is my set-up and sketch.

Brace yourself, I have documented the whole painting session today. This post is a long one. So, here we go…
Above is my set-up and sketch.

Here is a better photo of my sketch.

Here is a better photo of my sketch.

It was hard to capture the red background after adding more paint with a knife.  There are various reds in there that just aren't reading with my camera.  Well, the background is done and I have blocked some other bits.

It was hard to capture the red background after adding more paint with a knife. There are various reds in there that just aren’t reading with my camera. Well, the background is done and I have blocked some other bits.

background detail

background detail

With a palette knife I add the greens for my stems and leaves.

With a palette knife I add the greens for my stems and leaves.

greens detail

greens detail

stem detail

stem detail

I am starting the flowers, laying in the darker petals first.

I am starting the flowers, laying in the darker petals first.

flower detail

flower detail

With the chrysanthemum daisies done I can start on the tulips.

With the chrysanthemum daisies done I can start on the tulips.

I have begun painting in the tulips.  I start by painting the whole tulip with a base colour.

I start by painting the whole tulip with a base colour.

tulip detail

tulip detail

After adding various peach and pink colours, I add a darker colour to the tips of the petals.

After adding various peach and pink colours, I add a darker colour to the tips of the petals.

tulip close-up

tulip close-up

I have added more detail and other colours to the tulips to help bring them to life.

I have added more detail and other colours to the tulips to help bring them to life.

With the flowers completed, it is time to paint in the vase and the basic stripe pattern.  I will paint the lemon next and then go over my basic stripes with more stripes that are added with the help of thin brush.

With the flowers completed, it is time to paint in the vase and the basic stripe pattern. I will paint the lemon next and then go over my basic stripes with more stripes that are added with the help of a thin brush.

Here is the finished painting next to the set-up.  I will do a series of these.  I am gearing up for a solo show in October. I hope you all enjoyed this post.  Enjoy your weekend!

Here is the finished painting next to the set-up. I will do a series of these. I am gearing up for a solo show in October. I hope you all enjoyed this post. Have a great weekend!

painting detail

painting detail

vase and stripes detail

vase and stripes detail

tulip zoom-in

tulip zoom-in

What’s drying in my studio: Parrot Tulip Bouquet, 40 x 40 inches

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In the last post I stopped after finishing the bouquet. Above you can see I am almost done with the ceramic jar.

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Here is a close up. You can see I am using both a palette knife and a brush.

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I added the reflection of the blue cloth onto the jar. It looks very glossy now.

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Jar detail

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The tea canister is next. Before I add any pattern I paint it as though it is a plain white canister.

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Now for the fun part! With a thin brush I add the pattern.

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Close up of tea canister

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Things are looking good. Now for the fruit.

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Starting on the lemons.

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lemon detail

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I know I skipped ahead but I was in the zone and I didn’t pause to take pictures. It is very close to being finished now.

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Close up of the striped cloth

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It’s done! Sorry about the glare, I wanted to show the true colours of the painting. Now I will put my feet up and watch some telly.

 

Hard at work; painting parrot tulips, ivy and stock flowers

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What a lovely blue colour!  The yellow and oranges will be a wonderful contrast.

What a lovely blue colour! The yellows and oranges will be a wonderful contrast.

 

The ivy and narcissus are finished at this point.  Now comes the task of rendering these parrot tulips.  I begin with a base colour for the outside of the petals.

The ivy and narcissus are finished at this point. Now comes the task of rendering these parrot tulips. I begin with a base colour for the outside of the petals.

Tulip detail

Tulip detail

sketch and flower detail

More progress has been made.  I have added dark orange lines to separate petals and add texture.  I also lined the tops of the petals in yellow to form the feather-like tips.

More progress has been made. I have added dark orange lines to separate petals and add texture. I also lined the tops of the petals in yellow to form the feather-like tips.

detail parrot tulips

detail parrot tulips

The bouquet is almost finished, it just needs a few small details.  So this is where I stopped last night.  It was quite exhausting.  When I looked at it this morning I was very pleased with it.  The colours are amazing in person.  I will continue today and hopefully finish it.

The bouquet is almost finished, it just needs a few small details. So, this is where I stopped last night. It was quite exhausting.  When I looked at it this morning I was very pleased with it.  The colours are amazing in person.  I will continue today and hopefully finish it.

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