I solved one problem though. I solved the problem of wilting flowers by purchasing a potted plant.
I also did something else here I don't usually do. I sprayed the charcoal drawing with fixative. I hate the fumes in the studio, but it does save the drawing. For those who follow this blog, here is yet another method I found to begin. This time a tonal underpainting using only one or two colors. Look back through my blog, I should have a contest and award a painting to the person who can tell me how many different methods I have used in my practice paintings. Or maybe I should write a book for beginner painters.... 5 million ways to begin a painting, and some of them are wrong.
Here is the blunder. Always set yourself up to have the canvas and the object you are painting in the same light. I did not do that.
This is a great shot that shows how you can get into trouble. When painting with the canvas in shadow or under different lighting, there is no way to properly capture values, and the colors with red in them can't be properly compared. Of course the painting gods did not help, the sky changed to a heavy overcast.
SOLDPeter's poetic point : Properly picked purple pansies possibly posess practical properties perfectly placed for pleasant Pleine-air painting practice .......when purchased potted.
Hey world, start the week with a smile!
Self Critique Time:
As I mentioned above, painting with the canvas in shadow is not a great way to begin. I also am not happy with the pansy looking directly at the viewer. I think turning it to a 3/4 angle would have been better. The photo shows the background being a bit cooler than the painting.
The color purple...... it might be a good movie, book and play...... but I find it impossible to paint.