15 Painting Challenge – Flowers: Collage of Paintings


Thank you everyone for your feedback and encouragement along the way – it helped push me forward and continue working the challenge.

By far this was my most rewarding project, because of the level of learning – from techniques w/oil pastels, to a variety of underpaintings, managing through each layer building color and thickness of strokes, and use of light and shadow.  Perhaps most of all because I’ve been intimidated to paint flowers, until I finally just looked at them as values and forms and experienced a breakthrough.  I have a long ways to go but for me this was a good start.

I’ll continue painting flowers, for now I’m turning my attention to landscapes and seascapes over the next couple of months – it’s not to say that there won’t be a landscape or two with flowers!!

Here is the collage of all 15 flower paintings – click onto the image for a larger view.

15 Paintings Flower Challenge - #1 through #5

15 Paintings Flower Challenge – #1 through #5

15 Paintings Flower Challenge - #6 through #10

15 Paintings Flower Challenge – #6 through #10

15 Paintings Flower Challenge - #11 through #15

15 Paintings Flower Challenge – #11 through #15

Do You Have a Favorite?

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15 Paintings Challenge – Flowers: In My Garden, #15


Who knew?  After spending time going through hundreds of reference images for my final #15 flower painting, it dawned on me that I had taken a photograph from my perennial garden last year that I’ve been waiting to paint ~ and the decision was settled pretty quickly.

#15 In My Garden, an oil pastel (6×6) was painted on green heavy cardstock textured paper using mainly Sennelier (soft and creamy as butter) and Mungyo-Gallery oil pastels.  Some blending took place with my fingers and a razor, but mostly I just kept on applying layers of deep, rich oil pastels that worked exceptionally well on this paper.

This painting is based on a tiny corner in the perennial garden lined with rock – the flowers were spilling out and even though the area was shaded there was just enough sunlight to make the flowers pop.  Although, much to my chagrin and for the life of me I couldn’t get a picture that showed the richness of colors (yellows and orange) and setting of the painting, you’ll have to take my word for it.  The flowers are Coreopsis of which I already painted ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

In My Garden, #15

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.  I’m going out to transfer some perennial’s before the local rabbit totally devours them, trim some hedges and snip back our pink magnolia tree that we affectionately call, Miss Betty.

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Thursdays Drawing: Sodus Point Lighthouse, #3


Today I spent about 2 hours on the lighthouse drawing, almost forgetting that it’s Thursday and needed to get my time in for this piece.

Sodus Point Lighthouse, a graphite drawing (9×12) is being drawing on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  Graphite is being used for the entire drawing because of its reflective qualities.  Nearly 100% of today’s time was spent working on the foreground water, a few outlining rocks and a very rough outline of the pier.  For the foreground water I used graphite pencils 2H, HB, B and 2B – bringing in a kneaded eraser to begin capturing the foam trails.  If you recall last week’s foreground water was a bit weak in value, this week cross-hatching strokes were used to blend in the strokes and begin adding depth to the area.  A tortilium was used as well for blending.

Moving forward I’ll begin working on the foam sprays, pier and continuing to draw the characteristics of the turbulent water too.  Incredible to think that there is such turbulence in one of the Great Lakes (Ontario), but the lake is large and depth enough.

Thanks for checking in and have a wonderful weekend.  Click onto the image for a larger view (image is a bit little blurry today, sorry about that).

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #3

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #3

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15 Paintings Challenge – Flowers: Forsythia’s in Winter, #14


I really planned to have this painting finished yesterday, but you know how things go ~ happy to say that #14 is completed.  Forsythias forced to bloom indoors during Winter is a perfect way to brighten up even the coldest and darkest days of the season.  So when I saw a little mention of this by my friend Cynthia Jobin, well I couldn’t resist the urge to surprise her!

#14 Forythia’s in Winter is an oil pastel (10×8) painted on a prepared gesso hardboard, starting with an acrylic underpainting first and after it dried two coats of “clear” gesso was applied to give the surface tooth.   Click onto the image for a larger view ~

Forsythias in Winter

Hope you enjoy Cynthia, especially now that Spring has arrived in your neck of the woods!

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15 Paintings Challenge – Flowers: Lilac, #13


I hope to catch up on everyone’s blogs tomorrow – the last couple of days was spent painting and working in the gardens.  Only two to go more paintings left in the challenge ~ continuing the countdown.

Lilac, #13 is an oil pastel (8×10) painted on a gesso prepared hardboard.  A gouache underpainting was done, then two coats of clear gesso, then a very thin white wash in acrylic and finally layer, upon layer of oil pastel was applied.  I’ve wanted to paint a lilac for the longest time, but felt unsure about approaching the petals and make the painting convincing.  So here we are, why not do it as part of this challenge ~

Thanks for checking in on the challenge ~ click  onto the image for a larger view.

Lilac, #13Reference image used was from Mary Watts of pmp.

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Thursdays Drawing: Sodus Point Lighthouse, #2


Aren’t you glad it’s Thursday?  This week is flying by, so time for an update on Thursdays drawing ~

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #2 (9×12) on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper using all graphite for this drawing.  I forgot to mention last week, that graphite pencils 4H and 2H were used to draw the sky.  Today’s work began on the water, going from the horizon toward the foreground pencils #2B, B, HB, 2H and 4H were used.  Going forward a lot more development will happen with the water, but today was a good start in laying down the foundation for the body of water and swells/spray. The foreground now looks like a mass of boulders, but wait you’ll begin to see the little wavelets come alive.

I think next week I’ll concentrate on the pier and waves/sprays, so that the week after the water can be finished.

Back to the studio to begin painting flower #13 – thank you for checking in.  Have a great weekend ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #2

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #2

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What is PMP (Paint-My-Photo)? And a new painting: A Windmill, oil pastel


What is PMP (Paint-My-Photo) – it’s really quite simple.  There are lots of great photographers on the internet, and there are many artists of all abilities who would like to paint from a photograph or need a creative boost.  The problem is that Copyright laws prevent artists from using photographs found online.

Two needs exist:  1) photographers have volumes of images they have taken and want to find some use for them besides being idle in their own stored library, 2) artists can’t always go to “the” place for inspiration or have adequate supplies to properly set up still life’s, etc., but a photographer already has these covered.

Five years ago Roy Simmons the owner of Paint-My-Photo (PMP) recognized the need for a place online where photographers and artists from around the world could get together for the sole purpose and pleasure of sharing reference photographs as a means for creating derivative artwork without copyright infringement worries.

Artist members post their paintings and drawings that they’ve created from reference photographs contained in the pmp library (reproductions of other member’s artwork is not permitted).  Members of pmp may only share photographs 1) that they have taken themselves or 2) for which they have full copyright ownership.

Besides the above, there are many additional benefits that come with being a member of pmp:  there are group forums (covering a variety of artistic specialties) and creative challenges (including one for photographers), quarterly newsletters, video’s, online resources, chat rooms, and the camaraderie of fellow members.

FYI, pmp is exploding with new members.  When I joined four years ago there were 2,300 – today there are more than 25,000, and the library had some 3,500 reference images – today there is well over 116,000.  Both categories are growing every day, so much in fact changes are taking place.  The site currently runs on ning but we’ve outgrown its capability, Roy is in the process of working with an outside company that can handle the growth and provide pmp with the flexibility of and management that ning couldn’t.  The transition is taking place now and will continue throughout the summer.

Why do I use pmp?  Quite frankly I’m not the creative type driven by pure imagination – it’s not there, but give me a great reference photograph and my creativity is sparked leading me to develop a piece of art in a version of the original image that in some cases is completely changed from the photographers original intent.  Pmp has given me the opportunity to explore and expand my creative outlet, in a way that I never thought possible.   On a personal note:  you’ll be amazed by the content and quality of the photographs.

If you are a photographer or artist and want more information, (it is free to join):  http://paintmyphoto.ning.com

Windmill in St-Saturnin-les-Apt in Provence, FranceToday I painted this scene as a tribute in the memory of Franklin, a PMP member, who recently passed away.  Frank was an incredibly talented artist and photographer.  This scene, Windmill in St-Saturnin-les-Apt in Provence, France, was my interpretation of one of his many photographs at pmp.

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15 Paintings Challenge: Geranium, #12


We are getting to the end of this challenge with only three more flower paintings to go – count down is on!  The last three flower scenes have been selected ~

#12, Geranium (10×8) an oil pastel painted on gessoed prepared hardboard using Senneliers, Holbeins and Mungyo brands of oil pastels.  This time gouache was used for an overall underpainting to give the background a light purplish, pink, salmon hue – hoping that these colors would set the stage before I began to buildup layers of oil pastels.  I’m thinking the background worked.

I was going to take a razor and begin scraping after the OPs were applied, and then re-apply perhaps giving more of an impressionist feel to the piece.  But thought otherwise once the final scene started to unfold – sometimes you have to listen to your gut.

Thanks for checking in on the progress of this challenge, I’ve really enjoyed it and the benefits from it are countless.  Click onto the image for a larger view.

Geranium, #12

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15 Paintings – Flower Challenge: Red Roses, #11


Two years ago I took a photograph of some roses I brought in from the outside and have been waiting for a good time to paint them – well actually until I felt a bit more confident.  The flower challenge seemed a perfect opportunity to give it a go ~

Red Roses, #11 an oil pastel (12×9) was done on a gesso prepared hardboard, using mainly Sennelier and Holbein oil pastels.  This painting was started with an acrylic underpainting and then two gesso layers were applied to seal in the underpainting and also to give the surface a gritty tooth for the OPs to grab onto.

This setting for flowers is my favorite because of the back-lighting coming in from the window – encasing the roses with a soft glow.  These particular roses are a deep red, overflowing with petals and size, and in the right light have a bit of an orange cast on the tips of some of the petals.

The painting has a very rich look to it, unfortunately no matter how I tried to photograph the piece I wasn’t able to capture it adequately.  Hopefully you an idea – click onto the image for a larger view.

Red Roses, #11

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Thursdays Drawing – Sodus Point Lighthouse, #1


The start of a new project, always exciting – starts out weak, but hopefully will end on a high note.

Sodus Point Lighthouse, (9×12) will be drawn entirely in graphite pencil on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  The sky and middle cloud bank were worked on today, it’s 1/3 completed with a long ways to go.  I’m working to achieve a soft atmosphere for the middle cloud bank as it floats through the scene, while not threatening, it will still play a role as a backdrop to showoff the lighthouse.

Sodus Point, is located in Upstate New York along the shores of Lake Ontario – a place that I know very well.  This area is where I grew up and have many great memories of the lake, riding my bike along the waterway to the light house was a favorite pastime.  Lake Ontario is a significant body of water stretching 60 miles across directly to Canada, many a boat has been lost on this lake – winds coming down from Canada can be treacherous.  So the Sodus Point Lighthouse plays a significant role in guiding many sea worthy vessels to safety.

Next week, the sky will be nearly completed and then starts the body of water.  In this scene the water is quite turbulent, as you’ll see once the water becomes built up.

Click onto the image for a larger view – this week there isn’t very much to see, but wait as usually the scene will unfold as it’s built right before your eyes.

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #1

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #1

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