I have been eyeing this photograph for a long time....I think Els Manning did the photography on this floral. I loved the shadowed rose...this was a kind of new territory for me in that I had to work to capture the half tones to make it work. I think it was pretty successful!
I have many favorite flowers, but the zinnia...ahhhhh....my very most favorite cutting flower. For some reason I seem to have luck with them. This was a particularly fun painting to paint. What makes the colors of the flowers pop is the amount and use of gray. It makes for such a lively little 5"x 7" painting.
I am employing the things that I recently learned from my new DVD and feel that there is a solidity in this painting that wasn't there before. I enjoyed painting this scene. Each year we travel to Edisto Beach for the day with a picnic lunch and walk the beach with our dogs. On our way home we pass this marvelous old oak tree. I love the majestic oaks of the South. I also am learning something else about color. I added Permanent Green Light and I like the brilliant yellow green that I am able to mix. That combination helped to change this painting into exactly what I was looking for. One other thing....when you paint....sit back and just enjoy the process from the initial layout to the last stroke put down.
Just wanted you to see that I am working very hard over the past several days....I am not a portrait artist and I am trying very hard to fulfill wishes of a client. It is not easy. The child will be a wipe out and a begin again for the 3rd time. I don't work from a projector and just rely as best as I can on observation....so proportions are tough for me. But, I wanted you to see what I have been up to and where this is going.
I have painted these tulips before but, I feel that this is my best attempt. I am learning so much. I am a little disappointed that the photo isn't as dense as the painting. It could be the light which is overcast and quite bright.