Friday, April 20, 2012
Spider Mum Study
Spider Mum Study
8x6in oil on canvas panel 100.
Using the same flower arrangement I painted from yesterday,
but concentrating on the Spider Mums.
They are more of a delicate flower than I realized. I think of mums as sturdy
because they last a long time but the long thin petals easily bruise and droop.
I had to concentrate on breaking the background into the oval mass of petals
in an uneven manner to show the long, thin petals.
For those of you who like to have a more painterly approach the following
is how I do it.
in general shape.
Sargent used an olive color to mass
in his whites. I used transparent
Indian Yellow with
ultramarine blue and a little bit
of transparent oxide brown (if too green.)
I also find orange and a yellow green
is very good but I wanted it to be transparent.
underneath and in the shadows
and then I found the center which in the
actual flower is a green shade.
I used a soft blue/violet gray
for the shadows areas.
use a cool color in the shadows.
It helps not being too careful with this stage
- just plunk strokes down and leave them alone.
Having some of the base color between the
petals is good.
I painted the background into
and between the petals, which
merges some of them softly and allows
me to have a few crisper edges.
This method can create
the desirable, uneven negative
Even if the flower looks perfect
all the way around, (in real life)
I find it is better to cut back into
the circle, here and there.
It creates a more interesting shape.
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.