Thursday, September 28, 2006

Painting end of summer flowers

I had to stop and give you a picture of this. Isn't that a cool abstract form? If you don't have an interesting abstract at this point in the painting process. Rethink your approach. This is 90% of a successful painting right here. If you don't see what I mean, analyze your favorite paintings and break them down into this kind of simple design. You will soon see that those paintings that hold your eye start with a pleasing abstract design. Now, the next time you see abstract work in a gallery copy the best one you see and develop it into a realistic painting. I promise you'll have a winner.
Here's the wipe out method again in a little different form. I use a charcoal blending stub to draw or wipe away the darks. I should try and get a picture of me doing that.
Here I am adding the half-tones. I also like putting the highlights in first. It's my way of telling myself "Nothing else will get this light". So now I have my darks and highlights. Everything else falls in between.
Here is a great shot of my shadow box. I have been getting so much use from this thing. Sometimes the best painting tools are the cheapest. Look how much the purple flower in the background has moved since I began. It must be the music I have on, bringing it to life.
Last flowers of Summer
8"x10"
oil on masonite
SOLD

Well here they are, the last flowers from our summer garden. I forgot what the blue flowers are called and I have no idea what those purple things are, but my favorite marigolds are still looking pretty good. We haven't had a frost yet, but that could come anytime now. I guess pumpkins and yellow leaves are next on the list to paint.

This one was so much fun to paint. I had Beethovan's Pastoral Symphony playing in the background. A perfect piece for painting flowers.

12 comments:

Leslie Sealey said...

Gorgeous! This is my favorite of yours so far. I like the variety of hard and soft edges, and your colors.
: )

Robin Weiss said...

This site is like going to art class. I learn so much . Thanks Peter!

Anonymous said...

I adorre the dark rich browns in the background of these paintings. Am going to make a shadder box to try out

Louis Boileau said...

Peter...awesome painting!

C.D. Romero said...

Of everything you have posted so far, this is my absolute favorite.

Britt-Arnhild said...

You amaze me every single day. Beautiful.

Vivienne St Clair said...

When the webpage opened and the first image appeared on the screen I kenw it was going to be a good one, I just had to skip down to the finished piece....you are so good with flowers.

Loretta said...

Your paintings are so realistic and so detailed they actually take my breath away.

Charenka said...

Well you just made me smile! Here I am sitting at my desk, surrounded by office supplies and dying to go outside and enjoy the sunny weather. . . and you just brought me there.

Thanks!

cheryl meehan said...

Wow! Beautiful

Takeyce said...

Peter, This is absolutely gorgeous. One of my favorites. The glass and the marigolds(?) are superb. OH! and the texture of the cloth is also amzing!

bdelpesco said...

My eyeballs are so happy. What a beautiful, beautiful painting. Whoever encouraged you to paint should get a gold star on their forehead. :0)