New work: painting process

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I wanted to share the process of my most recent painting. The size is 16 x 16 inches, oil on board. At this point I was blocking in the colour over the initial drawing. You can see the remains of the drawing of the vase.
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A close-up of the underpainting. I paint with thick paint because I will add even thicker paint with the palette knife.
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You can see that I have finished the vase. I usually paint the vase after the bouquet but recently i have been doing it in a different order. Seems to be working well though.
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Adding darks and more texture to the flowers.
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Here is the finished piece. I love the freshness of the bouquet and the colour palette. I have been doing a series of these 16 x 16 inch garden bouquets in jugs. They are such a joy to paint.

Latest painting: “Late Spring bouquet with figs”

Sorry, I haven't been posting too much lately.  I have been focusing more on my art Facebook page and my Instagram. Maybe it is the convenience of being able to post quickly from my phone. Anyways, I wanted to share a recent painting I have done.  I used several photo references to create this one. It was freeing in a way, not having to paint what I see right in front of me. Below is the sketch and you can see I am starting to block in the colour.
Sorry, I haven’t been posting too much lately. I have been focusing more on my art Facebook page and my Instagram. Maybe it is the convenience of being able to post quickly from my phone. Anyways, I wanted to share a recent painting I have done. I used several photo references to create this one. It was freeing in a way, not having to paint what I see right in front of me. Above is the sketch and you can see I am starting to block in the colour.
The colour has been blocked in.
The colour has been blocked in.
Here in the finished piece. "Late Spring bouquet with figs", oil on board, 16 x 16 inches, £635.
Here in the finished piece. “Late Spring bouquet with figs”, oil on board, 16 x 16 inches, £635.
A close-up of the bouquet.
A close-up of the bouquet.

Painting process: Daffodils and Lemons, 20 x 20 inches

There were bunches of daffodils available in the grocery store over Easter.  I thought I would grab a bunch and use them in a still life.  Here is my set-up for today.
There were bunches of daffodils available in the grocery store over Easter. I thought I would grab a bunch and use them in a still life. Here is my set-up for today.
Here is my sketch.
Here is my sketch.
I have blocked in the colour now.
I have blocked in the colour now.
I have drawn in the pattern for the background.
I have drawn in the pattern for the background.
Before I start painting in the pattern, I mix piles of the colours. This way I don't have to stop and mix paint as I go.
Before I start painting in the pattern, I mix piles of the colours. This way I don’t have to stop and mix paint as I go.
The colours are added to the pattern.
The colours are added to the pattern.
background detail
background detail
finished background
finished background
finished background detail
finished background detail
With the stems done, I begin painting the daffodils.
With the stems done, I begin painting the daffodils.
daffodil detail
daffodil detail
More progress on the daffodil bouquet.
More progress on the daffodil bouquet.
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close-up of more daffodils
The daffodils are done now and I have started on the jug.
The daffodils are done now and I have started on the jug.
Shown is the finished painting with the still life set-up.  I would have showed more of the painting process but I got in the zone and forgot to document the rest of the steps.  Sorry about that.  Well, I think this painting is very cheery and Spring-like and no stripes this time.  Overall, I think it has a lovely feel to it.
Above is the finished painting with the still life set-up. I would have shared more of the painting process, but I got stuck in the zone and forgot to document the rest of the steps. Sorry about that. Well, I think this painting is very cheery and Spring-like and no stripes this time. Overall, I think it has a lovely feel to it.