|completing Unfinished Paintings: |
Golden Celebration (yellow roses)
Lovely warm weather, about 31 C, or about 88 F. I decided to finish, or add to two previous works, so they can go to their new places or homes (this actually has yet to be determined). But too many partly done or not how I am happy with them things is getting in the way of pursuing fresh projects and paintings.
|Magnificent Sunflower 2010 (before)|
|Detail of new background|
|Magnificent Sunflower, with new background|
|Golden Celebration, 2010 (before)|
|Golden Celebration, during|
I worked slowly with size 6 and a size 4 flat brushes. My oil brushes were so happy to get some action ! I used pure gum turps with my oils and a very light hand as I wanted to refine the painting, not do it over. Three times I declared I was done. OK, the third time it was really so ! The previous two times I considered and photographed the painting and found it not quite as I wished it.
|Golden Celebration, 2013 (after)|
For the flowers, I used Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Australian Red-Gold (by Art Spectrum), and only a small bit of Raw Umber. For the foliage and dark shadows among them I used Sap Green, Australian Gold Green (Art Spectrum), a bit of Titanium White and Lemon Yellow, Raw Umber, and for a bit of high lights, Art Spectrum's Tasman Blue.
Time flew on by and seemed to be very short. However, I spent 2.5 hours on this, with only one break to put out a load of clean clothes on the line. I worked without music, listening to bird sounds and the Sunday afternoon sunshine instead. There were native parrot chirps, chooks (chickens) up next door clucking loudly about the eggs they were laying, and the junior magpie (young bird) was squawking really noisily. I asked Ian if this is what it sounds like here during the weekdays when I am in the shop and he said it was !
|Golden Celebration, completed 2013|
(shown leaned against one of the new studio doors !)
More soon :)