It is almost that time again. I have signed up for Leslie Saeta’s January 30 Paintings In 30 Days Challenge. The link is below for those of you interested in taking part. Remember, there are no rules. You do not have to paint the full 30. You just need to paint everyday. Or sketch, collage, it’s up to you! I hope to see you there!
I am trying to think of a theme. Mountains? Flowers? Desert plants? Abstracts? Or maybe a color theme. Indigo? Naples Yellow? Quin Magenta?
This is the same mountain range that I see from my studio window. I have not been successful in getting a good photo to share yet. This section is just south of my view. I love all the crags and crevices. I need to keep painting them so I can get really good at it!
I worked more on the pink ranunculus. I deepened the color between the buds. And I reworked the shadow. I know it is ridiculous to have an indigo shadow on a green vase. But it is my brush and my paper, and I wanted indigo. This time the shadow has a bit of a layered, lacy effect at the edges. More organic and less “mistake”.
Design project complete. I am still deciding on colors. The design came together quickly. I divided the “canvas” into quads. (If you look closely you might see the pink lines.) I started by placing the largest bloom, then the medium, then filled holes with the smallest buds.
I used five different blooms, and rotated copies of them for variation.
I played with some mock-ups, the colors may change. They are not showing well here. One has large yellow blooms, another has yellow and green with the white. On top you see it with a few small yellow flowers. I like my first thought best. Just white on blue. (middle photo.)
Funny to me, this simple design that came together easily. I worked on so many complicated designs, some didn’t work, and others I just did not like in the end.
I had to travel that long and winding road to find this. Isn’t that always the way?