Blue Hydrangea – 8×10 Oil on Canvas – Preliminary Oil Painting Sketches
Hydrangeas – Preliminary – Progression
This is my first effort to develop a hydrangea painting. I explored a progression of considerations. I could have painted clusters of perfect little petal flowers and a lovely blended background, or there are many other pretty styles. I know how to do that, but I would not find it interesting. In fact, I created many versions of this painting – more than you see here. They became less and less spontaneous. All paintings are not going to work, but if I am not pushing the creative envelop, experimenting with color and texture, detail or lack there of, I’m not moving forward. There are aspects of each image I like or don’t like. I will leave it up to you to wonder through the images. I will create a final painting in the future starting with a blank canvas. At that time, because of this efforts, I will better know how I want to develop it. Thank you and Bye for now. Winifred
Oil Painting On Canvas 8×8
I set up these still lifes in my studio. Could any bouquets of flowers be more different in painting style? I love loose painter strokes, but I also found it interesting to try my hand at some basic “one stroke” brush techniques in the image below. Both were certainly very interesting to paint.
I found myself buried in details the painting below, but the results on this black canvas were vibrant and enjoyable to create.
“Lady in Crimson” 12×16 Oil Painting on Gessoed Board
Oil painting of lady in crimson.
The reference photo was taken in New York years ago. I find such interesting looking people there, and so willing to pose for me right on the street. I enjoyed flailing paint about on in this painting and enjoy the crimson added as a last minute decision. I don’t create detailed sketches before I paint. With a large brush, I create placement for the figure, then loose placement for features before beginning refinements.
This is what the process looked like for this painting. Locating shapes.
First 5 Minutes of Painting
Below, finding mid tone values in face. Do you wonder what that thing is on her head? Initially I was adding a tam – which she did not have, After a while, I decided it looked like a “cap and gown” image – which it does, so the tam had to go.
Below, starting to look like a person – in “cap and gown”! I’m convinced that ultimately it would not have, but given the way I finished the portrait, it would not have worked anyhow – do you know what I mean?
Below: I always like my paintings before they are finished, but never stop there. It’s a dare that a few more strokes will make it better. Sometimes that works and sometimes I’m filled with deep regret!!
I will tell you at this point that this is a Transgender person. She wore a two piece fitted outfit with her midriff showing and hand on her hip – there was plenty of attitude. I like the painting at this point but kept painting creating a very different image. Eventually, I changed the jawline, softened the expression and added the crimson. the final is added below to make comparison easier.
Oil painting of lady in crimson.
Sunflowers in Blue Room – 9×12 Oil Painting on Gessoed Board
I was in the mood to paint sunflowers this week. I do love them. I had something in mind and made a sketch on my board. Then I thought – now what. What colors will I use? It would be easier to figure this out digitally than in oil – then I would paint it. I photographed my sketch with my phone and brought the sketch into painter to do a rough paint sketch. Below is the result. I like both of my drafts -great light!
Color Draft #1
I then printed it on a high gloss paper which gave me vibrant color contrast and detail. It would be my visual reference image for my painting – at least loosely so.
It was then late and I sat down to watch “So you think you can Dance”. One dancer wore coral red paints, a teal blue shirt and a blue violet hat. WOW! The colors popped and it was not a color combination I had been conscious of before. I spent some time thinking about the colors and what gave them the ability to compliment and harmonize. I thought – I can still do that. I finished watching the amazing dancers and went back to my computer.
Painter draft sketch 2 – “dancer” color added.
Above, I created a colorize layer and painted in my “dancer colors. It was an improvement – certainly for the subject matter and style in which I would paint. One just never knows where the next inspiration will be found. I didn’t really mean to go to the tip top if the board on my final oil painting at the top of the page. It didn’t start out that way. I still like it. After all, magazines cut of the top of all the models heads these days. It’s a thing! I did get every petal in the frame however!!
Sunflowers on Black Canvas – 6×8 Oil Painting
Prompted by a video, my first sunflowers were painted on black canvas. I’ve never done this before. It’s almost easier in a way, because the darkest values are in place.
I like the painting and the idea. I will certainly do more paintings that way. Interesting I had already purchased Black Gesso and had covered several boards knowing this was something I wanted to do. So, I was ready.