Finish something that you started!
I know what you are thinking, it's probably not the most imaginative choice but hey... it has been a long week. My arranger/idea person/wife had a busy one too so I am off the hook... Actually she came up with a good idea ( don't tell her I said so) But I will save that for another post.
Oh before I begin, someone commented last week that it looked like I was using a pink toned canvas before I began. Close... I actually added acrylic paint to some gesso .( burnt sienna and ultra marine blue). The result is a cool muted lavender. works very well as a base instead of white canvas.
So, back to what I chose to do next...I decided to take this small (14"x18") beginning of a painting I lost interest in and see if I could paint some life back in it.
This is how I found her. ( funny I didn't realize this painting was a female). Very blue ...too blue for what is supposed to be a sunny day. And the shadows are stiff and dead looking. I must give myself a break here though. This was only at the under painting stage when I abandoned her ( there 's that gender thing again).
I decided to warm it up a bit but keep the palette simple. I used Cobalt Blue (not shown) Cobalt Blue and Burnt Sienna for the dark. then Burnt Sienna, then Cad. Orange, Raw Sienna, then a tint of Raw Sienna and white with a little Cobalt Blue, and finally Titanium White. I mixed combinations of just these colors to warm up the painting.
Much better beginning now. I am not being very careful at this point with my brush strokes , which actually helps me keep it looking fresher for a longer period of time... before I tighten up.
work in progress
oil on canvas
I punched up the intensity of the flowers an decided to call it a day. I'll be back to do more tomorrow. I smell homemade pizza in the oven!!!