Daffodils in a Vase, Oil on Panel, 12 x 9.5 inches
Yes, more daffodils!
This piece was painted live over two sessions. I’ve added recordings of the streams below.
Of course, being on lock-down at the moment means kids at home, and my littlest, who’s six, finds the studio especialy fascinating! He features quite a lot on the first stream.
You also get to hear our eldest doing his violin practice in the background half way through. This is how we live now, working, practising, learning together.
I’ve decided that it’s a great improvement. Many things are going to change once we emerge from lock-down, and one of them may be how we choose to educate our kids.
They are happier, more confident and are learning more quickly at home.
Plus they get to see a lot of Dad painting!
The first stream is the block in stage, from the first drawing out beginning to think the painting might actually work – I’m never sure of that until I’ve got the canvas covered.
I talk quite a bit about how I use Munsell to organise the colour space in the painting, to set up the value balance overall (the balance between the lights and the shadows) and hopefully to paint with more realistic and subtle colour.
In particular in this stream, I go into some detail about how I make sure I get the colours of the shadows looking right. Increasingly, I’m painting them higher value than they appear, so that I can get higher chroma into them.
There’s a close link between value and chroma that can really help your colour. It’s a current obsession and I describe that in the first video.
It means painting in a very narrow value range on the flowers – meaning that the value of the lights and the shadows are very close – but I think it results in more beautiful and life-like flowers, too.
This next video is the second session, refining the flowers and finishing the painting.
I left this one a little looser than I sometimes too, and am very happy with the result. I wanted those central three flowers to emerge from everythign else into sharper fcus, rather than working the whole surface to a similar finish.
And also, I think the brush mrks in themselves can add something to the piece. Their gestures can carry a level of meaning which is less literal, perhaps metaphorical.
Whilst we’re on lock down, I”m streaming live painting sessions (mostly of daffodils!) at 3PM UK time (1PM Eastern, 10AM Pacific).
Best wishes and thanks for reading,
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