Wednesday, March 7, 2012
8x6in oil on linen panel 100.
The Calla Lily.
It has to be right up there with Freesia as my favorite flower to paint.
We usually take a trip to Portland in the spring where they are in
bloom in nearly every garden. A perfect elongated, trumpet shape, balanced
by leaves which can become quite wavy.
This came out of a demo in class where the emphasis was on painting backgrounds.
In this case it showed the linkage of dark and light areas behind the callas.
Valuable to understand so you can prevent spotty and disruptive
background areas. It is easy to see when it is obvious like this demo piece,
but gets harder when the subject becomes more complex.
I am a painter living in Las Cruces, NM. After many years as an illustrator I turned to fine art to develop my own artistic voice. I currently teach talented and enthusiastic artists in oil, acrylic and egg tempera painting. I am also a member of the Artist Guild of Southern New Mexico.