I’m happy to report that my computer is back up and running but I lost a couple months of email messages in the crash.
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Early last week my boss gave me this charming little pot of “Spring Brite Mini Bulb” daffodils for me. I couldn’t wait for the weekend so I could it home and paint it. I experimented with using a palette/painting knife. It’s so much fun — a lot like sketching in that you can work quickly, easily replace colors, add to them, or scrape off and re-do sections or the whole composition. It also forces you to be less concerned with details (at least at my level of skill in handling the palette knife). I used a small diamond-shaped knife for this.
Below is a progression of my steps, working backwards: (click Continue Reading to see the rest)
Below is the first blocking in of the main shapes with paint. I changed the composition after I realized that I’d made the two bottom sections exactly equal in size and shape (oops).
Below is my original drawing (which you can barely see) in light blue pastel pencil which I then sketched over with a brush and thinned paint once I got it the way I wanted it. Light blue pastel pencil is very handy for sketching under an oil painting because 1) it’s totally erasable until you get it right, and 2) pastel is basically just the pigment in oil paint, so it doesn’t make a mess the way charcoal or pencil does when you add paint. I’m finding that it’s easier to draw at an easel with a brush than pencils though.
I was working from life; below is a photo of the still life set up. I had a bright light shining in from the upper right (though it’s not obvious from the photo). I wanted to get the whole image — vase, flower, blue velvet cloth — in the painting but I couldn’t find a way to do it on the little canvas panel I was using. If the flowers hold up another day I’ll try again tomorrow, and see if I can get it all in a painting.