Today's Art Blog is about another floral painting! Thanks for checking in with me!
I have come to discover that I absolutely love to paint flowers! On larger canvases and larger blossoms. This piece is of white and and Limelight Hydrangeas hanging out in their garden on a breezy day!
I started with raw canvas and then primed it and cut it to the size I wanted. Then, I just tacked it up onto a wall in my basement and began. I decided that I wanted this to be a large floral which will get a lot of attention! I started this one vertically and when I turned it to work on the background, I was surprised by how the perspective worked very well. When I heard from a few of you who follow my work on Instagram and Facebook saying it worked really well horizontally, I made the change. But I think it can be hung either way!
I toned the canvas in greens and yellows, pulling out some background hints of leaves, stems and branches. Hits of grasses and flower buds. I then started with the larger blossoms and I nestled them up against each other and leaves and stems as I went along.I painted with gold and green to shadow the blossoms. Stepping back often to keep the perspective, this piece just continued to unfold with more hydrangeas in different stages of blooms! The background is highs and lows of shading and shadowing. Some leaves and stems are large and present in the foreground, others are blurred and meandering. I kept the color pallet soft and harmonious.
I am very happy with this piece! I have not put this canvas on its frame yet. With so much interest in this piece when it sells the shipping cost being shipped on a frame would be a lot. I thought I would just roll it and ship in a tube.
Thank you all for your suggestions and opinions! I love hearing from you during the process of painting! Please check in soon for my next painting!
Back to blogging! Pink Peonies are the subject of my latest canvas today.
My love of this flower, the Peony, goes back many years. My mother loved them and I always remember them in our garden. They were so big, fluffy and smelled so pretty! So, I have wanted to paint a large canvas filled with them exploding over the frame! I started with stretching and priming my own canvas! While it has been a long time since stretching my own canvases, it was fun to do but also a lot more work than I remember!
I painted the background pink and a bit of green for depth. I chose the larger flowers to start with and then painted bulbs and leaves tucked in and out, giving the composition of this painting a free form effect, as if in a natural garden setting. Some flowers facing up, out, and even sideways with their leaves and stems surrounding them. Some in full bloom, a couple of bulbs just starting out and others just unfurling!
Thank you for checking in with me today! I hope you love the Pink Peonies as much as I loved painting it!
Hello everyone! Once again, I have been away from my Blog for more than a couple of weeks. It has been a very busy time. I have been painting every free moment I have! Which is a good thing!
I just can't seem to get enough of the Irish Countryside and sky. My trip there was over a year ago but I feel like I was just there! It doesn't hurt to have a cousin who lives there giving me inspiration photos every so often!
This time, my canvas is the west coast of Ireland on the sea. The vast sky, landscape, cottages and rock walls that meander all around the countryside, are quite the sight to take in! I did have a few reference photos to work from.
I started painting the sky and wanted it to reflect in the water, as my reference photo showed. I loved the perspective of that! The cottage, which is white, is very close to the water. I imagine it is a fishing cottage, and in the evening, all the boats return and are piled up on the shore and rocks. I painted the rocks and some of them jutting out into the water, mossy and weathered.
The stone walls were a process, as I wanted them to disappear into the tall grasses beyond the house. The sheep were added after the rock walls were established. Sheep are everywhere in that part of Ireland!
Thank you for reading and keeping up with my inconsistant Blogging!