I am always experimenting with oil paints and I have always loved to start from a gessoed black canvas and go from there. I wanted to make this colorful and bright with strong brush strokes and try not to lick it so much. This image was chosen as the "Pick of the Day" on Daily Paintworks for their Facebook page. That was a thrill!
This is an 8x10.
I do love poppies and you know how much I love to paint them. I also am particularly fond of this vase so I use it a lot. I have been painting using photographs and it's nice to paint a still life again. i do see what all the experts are saying about painting from life. You have so many more colors to look at. Sometimes a photograph fades out the wonderful mysteries that belong in the shadows.
This is an 8x10 of a cottage house that I liked on the site Paint My Photo. I always have to give them a plug because of how great this site is for painters who don't do lots of travel of plein air painting.
Here is the original photo with my drawing cross marks:
I didn't put the people in as you see but actually that might have been interesting to do that. Now that it has dried for a day maybe I will go back and put them in.
This is Libba. She is 10 years old and lives in a small town in south Georgia. Her mother and daddy never have to lock their doors at night and she frolics in the woods, rides her bike on the safe sidewalks and plays with her friends all day. They play until dusk until she hears the faint chiming of the big iron bell summoning her to supper. Life is good for Libba. She is happy.
While I have been trying to be an oil painter I have been having script stamp withdrawals. This was suppose to be just a plain 'ole painting of two poppies but when it was finished it was so boring. (This was also a day where I threatened to quit oil painting altogether---I have painting days like that. But God's mercies are new every day!)
So, the next morning I decided to try to save it and to add some stamp texture on it. It was really not that difficult, you just have to wait till it dries a bit. But I did discover that I could use my Sennelier oil pastel set (finally found a use for that dang set!). I added some brighter colors with the oil pastels and rubbed a white one on the stamp and spritzed it with Gamsol and it stamped pretty well. Anyway, I think I jazzed up the boring poppies. So maybe I won't quit today.
This is 16x20 on Ampersand panel.
23 days until Angus Wilson Workshop.