In The Studio: Just Paint 2 “Flowers from Ingleside”

I had these yellow flowers from my morning class with lovely friends at Ingleside Art Group and I decided to flip together a little still life arrangement on my painting table.  Not much of a set up but it works for my idea for this new project.  Now I must tell you the dogs are going crazy upstairs because they know I am home but I wanted to paint a painting.I made a fairly loose sketch of various objects on the table top and then began with the yellow flowers working warm to cool and immediately laying in some leave color letting everything merge and keeping most details out of the process.  I want this to be an impression and I know that flowers are not my strong suit.  Maybe they will be.  I can paint flowers, cows and weeds quite the composition that could be.I painted a light blue wash on the shadow side of the bottle and cutting around the label and immediately painted the background with a warm wash of new gamboge, cadmium scarlet and cobalt violet.  I changed directions on the wash several times to give it a little more depth and movement.  I needed this wash to give the shape to the white acrylic jars.I painted in the lemons and lime working warm towards the light a cool to the shadow and painted the shadow in as a continuation of the shadow of the fruit.  Same process on the orange acrylic jar.  I this this part worked pretty well.Shadows and details on the other objects and a few on the flowers and everything is finished.  I try with flowers and still life paintings to leave out a lot of fussiness perhaps because I am not suited to lots of details or for some other artistic reason but I try none the less.  I think if I have to make the painting work because of layers of details then I probably missed the point anyway.

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  • Colleen SaboApril 17, 2013 - 6:53 pm

    Wow–this is how a watercolor should look in my opinion! Light, colorful, airy, and it just makes you feel good to take it in. Yummy!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • PatApril 17, 2013 - 7:37 pm

    Your still life paintings are great for the shapes and shadows–and making flowers a little less scary. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • MercedesApril 7, 2014 - 6:24 am

    What joy. I was looking forward to seeing you painting a still life. So loose. So beautiful. Thank you, SteveReplyCancel