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Art Flower Art

First Calla Lily

First Calla, oil on panel, 10x8"
First Calla, oil on panel, 10×8″

Continuing on with my big May catch-up on posting work from the past few months. It was a gloomy winter day but one of the volunteer calla lilies was blooming and I had to paint it. This was a one-session alla prima oil painting.

Photo of still life set up
Photo of still life set up
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Art Flower Art Oil Painting

Irises on White Cloth

Irises on a White Cloth, oil on panel, 14x11" Available here.
Irises on a White Cloth, oil on panel, 14×11″ Available here.

I painted these from life, but first did a value sketch in Procreate to help me stay within the range of values I chose for the painting. That’s a concept I’ve been pondering: that you can design whatever value range you want for a painting, from mostly light to mostly dark, and then mix the paint colors accordingly. I printed out the Procreate value sketch and put it on my easel for reference as you can see in the work in progress photos below.

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Art

Roses in Mom’s Antique Yellow Glass Bowl

Rose in Mom's Antique Yellow Glass Bowl, 8x8" Oil on Panel
Rose in Mom’s Antique Yellow Glass Bowl, 8×8″ Oil on Panel

I’ve been working on doing Alla Prima (all at once) paintings in order to become more decisive about the paint I put down instead of noodling around. It requires getting the drawing right, understanding what I’m seeing and if it fails, starting again instead of trying to keep fixing, which usually goes badly. This was the third attempt at painting a rose in my mom’s yellow glass bowl. The previous attempts and photos of the set up (as the rose opened) are below.

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Oil Painting Still Life

Queen Pomegranate and Princess Persimmon (Painted Thrice)

Queen Pom and Princess Persimmon, oil on panel, 8x8"
Queen Pom and Princess Persimmon, oil on panel, 8×8 inches (Available to purchase¬†here)

There was something regal about these two, hence the name, despite the queen sitting in a soap dish, not a throne. I started out thinking “values and planes” and then, as usual, got seduced by color and detail. I did manage to keep some of the planes I saw in this pomegranate (which was becoming more faceted as it became more elderly, having been painted a few times over the past couple weeks). However, I’m not sure the painting actually benefitted from leaving the planes (or so many of them) visible.

Below is a photo of the set up and below that the two previous pom/persimmon paintings that were a nice warmup and introduction to the subject, though perhaps not terribly successful in terms of paint application, composition and/or drawing.

Photo of setup for Queen Pom
Photo of setup for Queen Pom
4 Poms on a Black Plate, oil on panel, 8x10"
4 Poms on a Black Plate, oil on panel, 8×10″
3 Poms on a Black Box, oil on panel, 8x10"
3 Poms on a Black Box, oil on panel, 8×10″
3 Poms on a Box painting on easel and still life set up
3 Poms on a Box painting on easel and still life set up