Holly at Tea Time.
6x8in oil on canvas $125.SOL|D
I decided not to paint a Christmas cactus this year as it
took me several attempts to get it right last year.
I have two red teapots now and this one is without the
polka dots. I will do one that later.
This painting comes with a red easel so it can be propped
anywhere as part of the Holiday decorations.
Continuing the previous posts on techniques.
Opposing Strokes on Colored Ground. see below.
This one is very popular and for good reason. It brings life
and activity to a painting.
A bright brush is needed. Once again I use a short handle
brush and I find the angle brush is also good for this.
I picked an orange background only because
I didn't want to go too jumpy and by that I mean it can
look spotty if there is too much color and contrast.
The "opposing brush stroke" is needed in this technique.
Place each stroke at an angle to the previous one.
The little areas in-between can leave the spots of color
When it comes to the edges of objects you can
follow the form in short strokes or place your brush on the
edge and pull it away preventing a halo of
the same brush marks all the way around.
Paint and Line. see below.
I really love this one. It is not as popular so we do
not see as much of it.
Paint an abstract of colors. You can have somewhat of
an idea of the colors you want and the shapes you are
going to draw later.
Then draw your shapes over it.
What a surprise - another apple!
I responded to the shapes and colors by adding
some more colors after I drew the lines but I was
careful to leave the basic idea of
an abstract color design in place.
This technique, at a far more sophisticated level
is used in the drawings of
one of my favorite artists.
Carolyn Plochmann (b. 1926)
She puts paint on and scrapes some off, and repeats.
Adds line, takes some off, changes the lines colors
and keeps working it until it is where she wants it.
It is a visual feast to stand before one of her works.