Geraniums fill the containers by the door. They were blocked in with the same sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last. The blossoms are highlighted with Cadmium Red Light + White. Please remember, you can click on any of the pictures to enlarge them.
The mass of White Daisies is first painted in shades of Ultramarine Blue + White, a lavender made of Dioxazine Purple + White, and Pthalo Blue + White. This initial block in provides the shadow color of the blossoms.
After leaves are painted with mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White I add the highlights on the individual petals of the Daisies. Pure White is reserved for this step. My wrist is braced against the mahl stick to steady my hand as I make the fine details. What is a mahl stick? CLICK HERE to find out.
The Calla lilies are a warmer White than the Daisies. So a mix of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White is used for the shadow areas. For variation I add a little of the lavender from the Daisies into the mixture.
Broad, tropical leaves are shaped with the flat side of a large Bright brush. Would you like to know more about the paint brushes I like to use? Just CLICK HERE.
Stems and stamens complete the Calla Lilies. Then I work on the California Poppies. The fragile blossoms are mixes of Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange and Pure Cadmium Orange. The lacy foliage is mixes in various proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White.
Boisterous Sunflowers fill out the corner under the Wisteria and our Diptych is DONE! If you’d like an in depth tutorial on how I paint Sunflowers CLICK HERE.
If you’ve never painted a Diptych before think about trying one. It’s really fun designing and working on two paintings that can hang individually or as a pair. I’d like to thank Monica and Myron for giving me this opportunity. Hope you’ve had as good a time following along as I’ve had painting! Hugs,