Back In The Studio Again!
It's been about two weeks since I've painted
and I sure felt rusty when I started this morning.
I went outside and picked tulips and various types of daffodils and had every intention of making several still life set ups and painting all of them today.
Well. . .
things didn't go exactly according to plan.
(Do they ever?)
First problem -
no canvases primed, toned or ready to go.
It's always a great idea to have a few canvases already toned and ready to go so when you get the inspiration, you can actually paint.
So, why do you tone a canvas.
Many artists tone canvases so the warmth or the cool colors show through the painting rather than that bright white.
Burnt sienna is often a color used, or a light grey.
I went for a greyish purple because I wanted the color to contrast with the orangish-yellow daffodils.
If you go to your color wheel and look at the color opposite it, that is a complementary color, and they work well together.
So I knew what I wanted in these paintings so that tole me what color to tone my canvases.
Next I put a lot of different colors I would be using in the paintings and then went over the paint very softly with my wet hake brush blending all together.
I used several different color schemes and on the top left, I got the paint really wet and let it drip.
I don't know where I'll go with that one,
but it's ready when I am.
I have several different size blue Ball jars in my stash of props
and I love to paint them.
I set up several still lifes using the various jars and flowers.
If one is good, two must be great, right!
Then three must be near perfect.
since I haven't painted for a while,
I struggled with the first one so badly,
I wiped it off.
But I did get something I wasn't quite ready to torch.
here is today's efforts.
Nothing else is coming out of hiding.
Have a great day.