Friday, February 3, 2012
8x6in oil on canvas board 100.
I find the color red to be one of the hardest colors to have a lot of in a painting. It is easier if you can use red by following the color wheel to orange and yellows but when you have the complement of green with it...Oh boy! I am thinking of my fight with the red and green in the Christmas Cactus and Holly.
I responded with little enthusiasm to painting this Amaryllis even though it is a magnificent plant, but I am glad I persevered as I rather like the way it turned out. .
Here is a step by step of this demo.
using short, straight strokes.
strokes with a #8 bright brush.
This is a continuation of exploring the form
so when I paint it I will already have a good
memory of how it is.
Scrape down all the paint with a palette knife.
This step will merge edges and allows the
colors to break up. From here on, your own
personal reaction to what is happening on
the canvas should be allowed to take over.
Follow your gut. If you notice on my final piece
I ended up reversing the flowers.
I left the background until the end and decided to
use some of the sky view out of the window.
I used a knife a lot on the final paint application.
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.