|A Bowl Full of ... Mums, 5"x7", oil on panel|
My friend Leslie just gave me this darling rose bowl, which I filled with mums from Trader Joe's. Yes, they do have other kinds of flowers, and I even bought some freesias for another day.
When I painted in watercolor, flowers were my favorite subject. Ad nauseum. I've painted very few flowers in oil, until this week. A petunia pot, a sunflower (everyone has to paint sunflowers), and then those stressful poinsettias. But now I seem to be all about the mums. It will pass soon, I'm sure of it.
Part of this 30 in 30 challenge for me is to challenge myself to learn. I used some new color combinations in this one that I really enjoyed. That yummy blue is pthalo blue mixed with some cadmium red light and a bit of white. Some of the gray in the petals is pthalo green (yellow shade) with a bit of alizarin crimson. I don't usually use the pthalo colors (scary! intense! messy!) but this is a great opportunity to try something new.
|no, I didn't paint the dots|
|after block-in, before the fun stuff|