Edit, edit, edit! The reference for this painting was filled with lots of details on both sides of the street but I wanted the painting to be about the rainy day feel of the scene so lots of editing had to take place. I'm happy with the results.
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After all the years I have been painting, I think this is my first painting of birds...really? Also, this is my first painting on birch panels. They require some prep on my part but I have to say that I really love the way the paint slides around!
This was my first painting of peonies and oh how I struggled to make it read. It should be like anything else I paint, shape, value, color, etc., but the flat overcast light made this challenging. Ultimately using subtle color/temperature shifts I believe I achieved my goals.
I seem to be painting a lot of flowers lately. Some set-ups are those that a student will bring in to paint but this was one I set up for my class. These beautiful yellow roses came from my back yard and I loved the way they clustered and draped in the vase.
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