And that means back to painting for me! Getting back to a regular schedule just feels so good. I spent a couple of hours in the studio yesterday painting yellow Bird of Paradise blossoms on scrap paper in preparation for working on the larger painting I blogged about the other day.
I was really happy with the bloom on the left but then I used too heavy a hand on the delicate red stamens that are so distinctive. On the right blossom I used a smaller brush, less paint and tried to do each in one “take”. I painted the stamens first, let them dry and then painted the bloom.
These blooms were done without drawing first. I wanted to use the paintbrush as the drawing tool and focus on the shapes, curves and 3D effect of the petals and using warm and cool yellows to achieve it. I enjoyed the practice session a lot!