Okay, guys. I’m really putting myself out here for this one (on my mostly anonymous blog, ha!). Be kind, be kind. Just kidding. I already put my weight on this blog, what could be more humiliating than that!!! Actually, I love constructive criticism, especially since I am a work in progress and everything I do is a work in progress and I am a total novice at this.
First I do a basic sketch of what I am going to paint, then write in what colors I plan to use so I can at least, hopefully, get the right paint out on my palette and not waste a bunch of paint, doesn’t always work, but I try.
I try to do a quick study of what I am going to paint before I get to the real thing. I use flat inexpensive canvases. My goal is to see what it looks like in terms of perspective and to practice with the paint mixing/colors.
Here’s my first draft:
Then, I put a basic sketch outline of what I plan to paint on my real canvas, and I put a light wash over the canvas, usually with yellow ochre (I forgot to take a picture before I started painting the sky):
I paint and I usually get to the point where I think I am pretty done (or just tired), but I don’t really like it. Here is a picture of that point in my process:
I felt the mountain on the right was too dark/bright and the trees were too pronounced and I felt like the flower fields were too flat. My son, Sammy, came in to my office at about this time in the painting process and gave me a couple of suggestions. I was grateful as I was getting pretty burnt out from looking at this thing.
I made some changes, I edited the trees, I re-worked the flower beds and added some vineyards in the background and finally decided I needed to be done with it, for my own sanity. I took it to the framer and picked out an elaborate frame to hopefully distract my mother a little from the brightness of it all, and we picked it up this afternoon. Tomorrow we will deliver it. I hope she likes it. Fingers crossed!
Botanicals, Santa Barbara, CA.