Oh yes I went and did it again – another artist challenged me to 15 paintings and of all things, flowers! Yikes this is not my favorite subject to paint, very hard with sticky oil pastels – but the only way to go is to take the challenge head-on.
So first up is The Bouquet, #1 (10 x 13) an oil pastel painted on a prepared gesso hardboard. This is my impressionist version of a reference image that had a simple floral bouquet other tableware and a large busy window behind the flowers. I decided to change it up by giving the flowers a background that lets the flowers become the showcase that they were meant to be.
To achieve the background, many layers of an acrylic underpainting were applied first and then several applications of clear gesso for some tooth before painting with oil pastels. I’m not patient nor detailed-oriented enough to paint in a hyper-realistic style – so this bouquet was done with an impressionist style in mind using thick applications of OPs by the stick itself, my fingers and with a painters knife. The painting was completed yesterday, but some of the flowers were atrocious, by letting it setup over night I was able to go in today, scrape and paint w/thick layers until the look I was after materialized. A shame some of the beautiful colors aren’t showing as well as they could with this image.
Thanks for checking in – yeah, #1 is done only 14 more to go!!! Click onto the image for a closer view.
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