White oleanders in process

Over the past several days I have been working on this painting of white oleanders using the negative painting method I talked about in the last post. 

I got ahead of myself in trying some browns made from the primaries I am using, so that stem, right now, seems out of place. The colors are thalo blue, hansa yellow, quin rose and ultramarine. Perhaps I need to be more orderly in my steps…but that probably won’t happen!! 


When White Isn’t White


White Oleander

White Oleander

Creating the core shadows (to form the shape) and the cast shadows (created by the light source) has been challenging and occupied my attention these past weeks.  This is the 3rd attempt, and the one I like the best, although I can still find places to improve!  It is on Saunders Waterford 140# paper, 11″ square.)

In the shadows of a white blossom are many colors, some blues, some purples, roses, yellows.  It’s been a fun project to work on.  You can see the previous attempts (both on 300 lb Arches 11″ x 17″) below.  Which one do you like?  I welcome your comments…

White Oleander Version 1

Version 1

White Oleander Version 2

Version 2