Friday, June 08, 2007

daily painting practice - Peaches and Peonies Series Part 2

around the Day 2 - Continuing the series of painting Peaches and Peonies. Only this time I left out the peaches. Painting a series allows me to experiment with many of the ingredients that go into the recipe of a painting. Here I changed the size (from 5x7 to 8x8) and the format from rectangular to square. I also added a peony to the arrangement and started with a darker pre-toned board. I painted the lighter background to create a silhouette of the form.

The paper is a list of focus points I keep attached to my easel. It reminds me of the main ingredients I should be using in my composition.
Another benefit of doing a series - Comparing one painting to another before adding the finishing touches.

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White Peonies in a Green Glass Vase
8"x8"
oil on Artboard
SOLD

I like the composition of this painting. The leaf on the rightside pointing down adds just the right amount of movement and balances the fan of leaves on top.

4 comments:

Judy said...

very nice! The peonies live and breathe. Do you mind sharing how you mixed the background colors, on the first? I actually prefer the first painting, not sure why.
Judy

Peter Yesis said...

THanks Judy-
can't really remember the background colors because I had pre-toned the board. I think I pre-toned with Cadmium orange Ultra marine blue and Raw Sienna, but I am not sure. The lighter paint in the background I think was Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow and a touch of Cadmium Orange.

David said...

nice brushwork, too, Peter. very nice.

m collier said...

Great painting --