Dreaming of Warmer Days

I was born and raised in the tropics (Venezuela).  Now, I’m in Missouri, USA.  I really miss the tropical weather in winter!  So, I decided to go to the Missouri Botanical Garden Temperate House, and paint this romantic little scene of vines trailing along a Mediterranean stucco wall.  This is done in soft pastels, en plein air.

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Dreaming of Warmer Days, soft pastel

Shades of Pink Improved

It’s a good thing I like to leave a painting on my easel, which is just about 10 feet from my bed.  I get to glance at it in all types of light, and see what I need to do to it.  I noticed that at night, I could not see the stamens, because they were the same value (level of darkness) as the bottom on the tulip cup.  So today, I made a lighter green with my optical white, naples yellow, and sap green.  I applied some of this to the top 2/3 of each stamen with a stippling brush, making sure not to cover up some of the underlying optical darkness.  I also added some optical white to the edges of some of the petals to brighten it up a bit.  I’m very pleased with the results.  The lighter stamens are actually making the insides of the flower appear more luminous and colorful.

Here is a link to the listing in my etsy store.

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Shades of Pink, oil on canvas panel, 16″ x 20″