Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sunflowers 1-3 - Three Works in Progress

Today the Buckhorn Tuesday Painters had Janet Skrepnek as our guest artist to give a workshop on painting Sunflowers.

The sketches of the Sunflowers are lightly drawn onto the paper.

The inside area over all of the Sunflowers are carefully wet with water and a wash of pure aureolin is painted over the entire Sunflower as a base colour.

Sunflower 1

Raw sienna is used to give a little depth of colour to the some of the leaves, stalks and flower heads.

Next the flower heads are painted in using various mixtures of aureolin, raw sienna, burnt sienna, Antwerp blue and French ultramarine blue.

The leaves are painted using various greens made from mixtures of French ultramarine blue, Antwerp blue, cobalt blue, burnt sienna, raw sienna, aureolin and a touch of alizarin crimson into the shadows to darken the colour.

Sunflowers 2

The petals are painted next using mixtures of aureolin, raw sienna and burnt sienna.

Lastly the sky is washed in behind the Sunflowers.Using pure cobalt blue for the top of the sky and a mixture of cobalt blue and alizarin crimson where the sky colour touches the Sunflowers. Be sure to leave some white areas for clouds.

Sunflowers 3

I will post each of these paintings at a later as more work on them is completed.

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