I start the painting on a panel tinted with naphthol crimson and sketch the basic elements using a brush dipped in linseed oil and a cerulean and magenta mix. I use a very limited palette when I paint and will cover that in another blog.
I paint 99% with a palette knife once the initial sketch is drawn. The knife is great for mixing colors and applying the paint to the panel. The panel provides a sturdy support for the vigorous knife work.
I paint in the dark shapes first then the bright pure color of the flowers.
I cover the entire support with the basic colors and values before I go back in with details and fine tuning.
I add the final details and pull out any foreground elements. The final painting: Poppies, #112215 S 12x12, oil on panel.