This was my first try in painting a decorated vase! This painting is done in acrylics. The roses are actually artificial flowers I bought at Michaels. I have quite a collection of artificial flowers that I use as stand-ins for the real thing. This enables me to paint flowers in the worst of winter weather. The artificial flowers made now are stunning!
I painted the Chinese flower vase first with white mixed with raw sienna, and carefully did the shading. Only after I was satisfied with the form did I paint the Chinese design on top.
I did another study of zinnias from my front yard but this time I tried to show the stems in water. This was hard to do, and I looked at a number of other artists’ paintings to see how they did it. I think that one of the tricks I learned was to paint the surface of the water in the bowl first as an ellipse, then to paint the water in the bowl and the glass reflections. After this, I painted the stems stopping them on the water surface. Next, under the ellipse I painted the rest of the stems. The water does distort the placement of the bottom stems some.
This painting was actually started several years ago and I finally got it finished! Sometimes it takes me a while to figure out what I did wrong and make the corrections.
One of the artists I most admire is Richard Schmid. In his book Alla Prima, he said that muddy color always turns out to be a color that is an inappropriate temperature– a too cool color within a warm shadow.
I grew these zinnias in the one sunny spot in our front yard this past summer of 2016. This painting is done in acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas.
This cover is a painting of mine of the home place of Luke Peeples, a Bluffton, South Carolina composer . This is Volume II of the Collected Works of Luke Peeples.
This painting was used by the Arkansas Children’s Hospital as a holiday card several years ago.
This is one of my oil paintings that I have in my dining room. I was experimenting with a new brush for the foliage! It is 24 x 36 in a wide gold frame.