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Friday, April 8, 2016

Back in the Studio Again!

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.

 Any way,
here is today's efforts.
Nothing else is coming out of hiding.

Have a great day.

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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.