I take a walk almost every day. I’m blessed to live next to a beautiful older neighborhood in south St Louis called Holly Hills. Leona street runs alongside the western edge of Carondelet Park. That is where I was walking when I passed a front yard consisting entirely of a flower garden, complete with running fountain. I was at sunset, and the sun
was peeking from between the 2 houses behind the garden. I loved the way the shaft of golden light was caught and shattered on the flowers and leaves of these echinacea.
The first thing I did was a detailed drawing. Then, I masked in the foreground, which includes the flowers, leaves, stems, and some of the foliage on the left. I got thoroughly wet the sheet of paper, then painted in a very soft background in blue-green, violet, and green. I also included some of the background flowers in violet, orange, and red. The colors ran into each other and created the soft effect, which gives the illusion of depth. I also made a point to keep the background cool, because cool colors recede and enhance this 3 dimensional appearance.
When this paint was completely dry, I removed the masking fluid. I painted in the foreground leaves and stems, and then the flowers. I’m very grateful to The Mind of Watercolor youtube channel for teaching me the techniques of watercolor.
I just completed this oil painting 10 minutes ago. Last summer, I was taking a brisk walk along Leona Avenue in south St Louis. Just south of Bates Avenue, I happened upon a back yard with big red dahlia’s and red roses. There was a black wrought iron fence as well. I was entranced by the abstract pattern of light and shadow on the sidewalk cast by the fence and the plants.
I painted the flower itself in transparent glazes. The layers are: yellow, light red, rose, green, violet, and blue. My palette consisted of Permalba white, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium scarlet, quinacridone rose, purple madder, ultramarine blue, chrome green deep.
I made use of the color pooling concept. I put subtle red and green glazes in the shadow areas, and on the darker leaf sections. I put a layer of green glaze on the flower in the shadow area to subdue the red slightly. I also included red in the sunlit areas of the sidewalk and the ground. This unified everything, and renders the reflection of color in the surrounding environment.
I’m very pleased with how this pastel painting turned out. It is of the boxwood garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden. I really like the contrast of the vertical brickwork in the foreground left and the fountains on the lower right, with the horizontals of the garden behind it. It is very colorful. There is a warm, sunny feel to this piece. You can see the gazebo through the round opening in the brick wall. I really enjoyed creating this painting.
I will never, ever get tired of spring flowers. I also love architecture. I love the way the architecture combines with growing things. The flowing, soft lines of nature contrast well with the hard, straight, geometric lines of things built by humans.
One day last spring, my husband and I were driving around in his truck looking for something to paint. We were driving around the Tower Grove south neighborhood of St. Louis. As we drove down a side street, I was drawn to this whimsical, charming and delightful home filled with all kinds of flowers and neat things. I introduced myself to the owner of the home, and she was just as delightful. I started this painting in the bed of my husband’s truck. It was so windy, he ended up holding on to the easel as I started the painting. After about an hour of this we both became quite uncomfortable (it was cold, too). So I took a photo, and finished the piece in my studio.
I think flowers are my favorite part of nature. In spring, I can’t help but be so enchanted by their color, their beauty, their sweetness, their fragrance. Here is a closeup of a tulip done in oil. I used Permalba white, naples yellow, permanent rose, sap green, indigo blue, and burnt umber.
I love to paint the subtle changes in value in the petals, and also the internal structures of the flower.
For some reason this tulip reminded me of my mother. This painting has a soft quality to it, and is painted mainly in cool tones.
Hey guys. The wind chill was minus 10 Farenheit when I awoke this morning. I am enjoying my day of staying at home and cooking and doing art. This morning I baked banana bread and started beef goulash in the slow cooker. Now, I just got done working on a pastel painting. I’m using a rough, toothy pastel board of about 20 inches by 16 inches. It is brick red on the front. This will help create unity in the painting, as little splotches of this will show up throughout.
I use mostly Nupastels and Unison pastels. I also use other brands, such as Schmincke, Sennelier, and others.
I started this several weeks ago. I’m using a photo as a reference point for it. I took the photo at the Missouri Botanical Garden several years ago. It was a potted plant – some type of daisy. Color is my favorite aspect of art. I’ve been told I have a strong sense of light in my paintings. I’m very glad, because this is what I aim for – color and light. Since I’m on the autistic spectrum, I also can’t help but be detailed. That is how my mind works.
As you can see, I’ve painted in the background around the flowers. I think the flowers will be easy. I’m doing a secondary color triad (green, violet, orange). I realized that there is quite a lot of gold and orange in the greens, and an orange influence in the flowers, too. I really love the lighting effects on the leaves, and on the sphagnum moss. The trick to achieving an effect of strong lighting is to contrast light with dark mainly, and secondarily to contrast color temperatures between light and shadow areas.
I’m seeing that the background is quite busy. I will just go ahead and do the daisies, then see if and how much I need to soften and simplify the background.