Back in the studio: Delphiniums

 

Painting process: Lilies, peaches and a patterned cloth, 24 x 24 inches

I recently received a batch of new cradled panels from my Father-in-law.  I was very excited because I have had some ideas swimming around in my mind waiting to be immortalised in paint.   I bought some wonderful lilies from Aldi last week and I wanted to put a pattern on a periwinkle coloured cloth I have. Yesterday evening I got everything set-up and began working.
I recently received a batch of new cradled panels from my Father-in-law. I was very excited because I have had some ideas swimming around in my mind waiting to be immortalised in paint.
I bought some wonderful lilies from Aldi last week and I wanted to put a pattern on a periwinkle coloured cloth I have. Yesterday evening I got everything set-up and began working.
Above is my sketch and my set-up.  the colour I mixed for the sketch was a bit dark but I went with it anyway.  I just had to let it dry a little before blocking in the colour so that it wouldn't taint my mixes.
Above is my sketch and my set-up. the colour I mixed for the sketch was a bit dark but I went with it anyway. I just had to let it dry a little before blocking in the colour so that it wouldn’t taint my mixes.
The underpainting is finished.
The underpainting is finished.
I have added in the layout for the pattern on the background.
I have added in the layout for the pattern on the background.
Using a brush I complete the patterned background.
Using a brush I complete the patterned background.
Pattern close-up.
Pattern close-up.
I have started working on the lilies.
I have started working on the lilies.
Close-up of unfinished lilies.
Close-up of unfinished lilies.
Closed lily detail.
Closed lily detail.
More progress on the lilies.
More progress on the lilies.
Open lilies detail.
Open lilies detail.
With the background, lilies and vase completed I can work on the foreground.
With the background, lilies and vase completed I can work on the foreground.
Almost done!  The white cloth and shadows are looking great and I have started working on the peaches (my favourite part).
Almost done! The white cloth and shadows are looking great and I have started working on the peaches (my favourite part).
Close-up of the white cloth and unfinished peaches.
Close-up of the white cloth and unfinished peaches.
Unfinished peach detail.
Unfinished peach detail.
I painted way into the wee small hours and now the painting is finished.   I am off to bed, hope you enjoyed this post.
I painted way into the wee small hours and now the painting is finished. I am off to bed, hope you enjoyed this post.
Finished peach detail.
Finished peach detail.

What’s drying in my studio: Large rustic still life with lilacs and peaches

Finished! It took two days, working for 6 or more hours a day. My still life set up started to droop and wither towards the end but by that time I was working on the fruit. I like the feel of this one. Not as bright as I usually do but still interesting I think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lilacs were blooming in the front yard and they were calling to be painted!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A close up of the beautiful lilacs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The magnolias are blooming in the back garden and I have been waiting to incorporate them into a still life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

detail of a lovely peach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lilac detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

close up of lilac petals