Phew! Flowers are so stressful and I’m still in two minds about this one. The shapes of irises always have a lot of energy to them but the subtle value changes are crucial and easy to mess up.
Today was the final session in Paul Foxton’s Threads group and it was a bit sad as I’ve enjoyed these livestreams and Paul’s teaching enormously. I put extra effort in on this study and I think it paid off. Many thanks to Paul and I wish him all the best.
A quick oil sketch of a pink rose. Mostly testing color mixing. Probably needs more tweaks in the shadow areas.
This one (from one of Paul Foxton’s references and live streams) was the more succssful one. The next one we’ll be doing in class and I hope to make a better job of it.
I have a new lighting and camera setup in the studio and so it had to be tested and what better than a couple of poppies. I started by breaking down the blooms into light and shadow and then layered over the subtle crinkles of the poppes. Tried very hard to not overwhelm the overall lights and shadows otherwise all is lost and any three dimensionality evaporates. The background foliage went in in two layers and a used the darks to bring the petals forward and define the overall shape of the flowers. Just about got away with it and managed to stop fiddling before everything was ruined.
There’s also a video of the whole thing in all the gory detail.
So what do you think of this? I can’t decide. We started this in class but I hadn’t realized how hard this was and there was a vote to abandon it. I finished it off yesterday and can’t work out whether I really like it or think it’s terrible.
Still wrestling with the oils and doing a couple of still life studies with Paul Foxton’s Threads group. Slowly getting there.
Edit: Slightly tweaked version above. Original 3 hour study below.
Wow oil painting is slow. I was painting along with
this afternoon and this took me 3 hours! Still work to do on it but it’s a good start.
A real toughy today. Painting along with Paul Foxton on a daffodil value study in oil. Much much harder than it looks.
Well this started out really well and then I lost it. Grrr.
Some intermediate photos.