This painting is done in the studio. I started with several sketches to figure out how I wanted to set it up. Plein air paintings I have done over the years were used for inspiration. Here's one page from my sketchbook.
I sketched out the painting on the panel with a brush dipped in linseed oil and a magenta cerulean blue mix and started blocking in the colors.
I start with the darks first and then block in the bright flowers.
Continuing to lay in the values and colors.
I work over the entire surface of the panel at the same time.
I block in the sky last. Lightening a dark is much easier than trying
to make a light value (with white) dark. In fact, it is impossible! Now the fun really begins!
I go back into the painting adding the details of the flowers and leaves and flowing water. Again, I work over the entire surface at the same time. Since I work wet into wet, I have to work as fast as possible and stay with it over several days until it is done.
Finished painting. "Flowers Galore", 24" x 36", oil on panel. #110615 24x36
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