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The next step is to paint in swirls of colors. I was going for a "brilliant aqua blue" background, so the colors I chose were bold and bright. This is the fun part, but it is important not to cover up all of the black. I often paint with a lot of dark colored backgrounds in my work in order to create drama and focus on the subject matter such as musical instruments or books. I am getting ready for the 2012 "Celebration of Fine Art" show in two weeks. I want to have a painting with a bright pop of color to catch the interest of those walking past my studio in hopes they will stop in for a closer look. Since so many of my latest paintings are darker in color, I thought this one would do the trick. (We will see).
Here is a close up of the swirls of colors being careful
not to cover up all of the black area
The next phase is to "blend" in my colors to create a nice soft misty background. All the time spent on the under painting is necessary to create the various shades and values to the background. I even added a bit of finely ground metallic powder pigment to give it a luminous effect. I also use Liquin medium for blending. Use in a well ventilated area if you can.
Then I placed my beautiful live "orchid" in front of my dry painting background to photograph. I took tons and tons of pictures. I then went through them all and selected my favorite one for the actual "oil painting".
The image above is an example of just one of the many images I took.
Then I chalked in my "orchid" and began to paint it in oil here. I used my own photograph for reference. This is not a really tight painting, much looser than I normally paint, so it was fun. This whole process actually started a couple of months ago with all of the drying time etc.
It wouldn't be complete however without a "bird."
Just a small detail here.
A "chestnut sided warbler" painted in sitting on the
"My messy studio"
Stand back and have a look.....Is it done?
I think so
I think I will call it "On The Wild Side." It will be available at the "Celebration of Fine Art" show on January 14th. Opening is right around the corner now so I better get back to painting.
I hope you can stop by the show. For information about this show click on the link below.
Happy New Year,
Celebration of Fine Art