I start with a sketch made with a brush dipped in a mix of magenta and cerulean blue. Then I start by mixing some deep, rich greens, blocking in the darkest darks using a palette knife to both mix the colors and apply the paint.
Then I block in the colors and values over the entire panel. I block in a goldfish pool in the lower right area and lay out where hollyhocks rise in the back. Magic lilies appear in the pumpkin patch.
Once I have the basic blocks of shapes and colors I go into the details and fine tuning. Queen Anne's Lace and marigolds dance across the surface and details added to the overflowing flowers. I pull out any shapes that need to sit in front of other background shapes. Here is the finished painting, "Magic Lilies and Hollyhocks", oil on panel, 12" x 12", 112415 S 12x12:
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