The first paintings and the one below represent a very recent new technique I am trying. I spread onto my panel a relatively thick layer of material to serve as an underpainting and then carved my image into it with the and of a brush or palette knife. At that point you can create additionally as much or as little texture through out. I allowed it to dry for 2 months. I then painted in the dark outline surrounding each element before beginning to paint with loose imprecise brush strokes and palette knife.
I have created paintings ranging from those as precise as photographs to loose bold painting strokes and texture like these. This is one of my favorite styles. I am very excited about this process and I love the results. One of the wonderful things about oil painting is that you can never say you are done with learning and experimenting. It’s endless, if you’re a curious person who loves to try new things and I am one of those people.
Not long ago, I paint sunflowers with petals drooping and falling off.
This time, I decided to create a sunflower painting at a stage when all it’s yellow petals had dropped. What you see is the rather stiff green bract, located behind the petals. I find every aspect of the sunflower’s structure and development beautiful and quite fascinating. Initially I set up a single flower head, but two provided much more interest. For this still life set up, I used sunlight beaming through my window blinds to provide dramatic light. I’m pretty happy with the painting. I may have it cut it to a square in order to alter the design so the bottom flower is not dead center. Hope you like it.
I don’t toss my sunflowers as they begin to droop, drop their petals and shrivel. How would you like it if someone did that to you!! You can see that I still find them beautiful and expressive. I had fun with this. Hope you enjoy.