This Oil Pastel (7×5) study was painted on Cotman watercolor paper using a gouache underpainting. In this 3rd version the greens are a little less tight than the 2nd version, more blue was used for tinting the green, less burnt sienna used, the vase shape is more square, and an edge of the table was brought in.
Continuing with my study of painting flower arrangements, here is my third and final version of this particular arrangement. The goal of the studies was to gain some experience painting a full flower arrangement and flowers/greens in general, using a loose style and explore gouache as a underpainting. Watercolor paper was chosen to use up an old supply, but as usual discovered I discovered what I liked and didn’t like about using the surface with oil pastels.
In another post I’ll explore my findings both on using watercolor paper as a surface with oil pastels and gouache as an underpainting (a technique for developing more depth within a flower arrangement). If painting with just OPs, mud can be developed very quickly during the layering process, so an underpainting is a good preventative technique to avoid muddying a piece.
To be honest I’m not excited about any of the three country flower versions, they are different from my natural style and I have limited experience in painting flowers.
I may do a 30-day flower arrangement painting challenge, whether in a garden or vase, to give me experience on many levels. Need to give this some thought – what do you think?