Lots of POPPIES!
Walking into the studio the next morning after finishing the wildflower meadow shown in the previous session, I realized the white flowers in the distance just didn’t work. They distracted from the Bluebonnets and White Star of the Texas Flag on the barn roof. So I painted more colorful flowers in place of the white ones. Now you can really see the Bluebonnets with their White Caps! In the picture above I’m adding some cactus and limestone rocks along the fence line. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see enlargements.
Cedar fence posts march up the hill, leading your eye to the barn.
California Poppies are blocked in with mixtures of Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Orange.
After painting the leaves with several shades of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium, the centers of the California Poppies are made with a mix of Magenta + Liquin.
VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Burgundy Prickly Poppies
The first step in painting the Sunflowers is to form their basic shapes with mixes of Cadmium Orange + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson), Cadmium Yellow Medium + Alizarin Crimson + MUD, Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD and Cadmium Yellow Medium. Then the large centers are added with a mix of MUD + Liquin. You can see how the painting goes over the edge of the Gallery Wrap Canvas and on to the sides.
Broad leaves are combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow.
The intense, warm brightness of the Yellow Sunflowers makes them come forward of the cooler, multicolored flowers in the background. More wildflowers will be springing up in our next session, Come Watch! With Hugs and Smiles,
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