Wandering around the island of Capri is delightful, surprises appear around every turn. One of the most unexpected was finding Hollyhocks. I’m not sure why I was shocked, the island is rather arid, much like the cooler areas of the southwest, with cactus and agaves growing everywhere. The same conditions in which Hollyhocks thrive. I use a mix of Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White to make a rich coral for these happy flowers. The blossoms are blocked in first with a large bright brush, followed by the green foliage.
I reverse my usual sequence to paint the Day Lilies. The strap-like leaves are painted first, then I “Lay” the flower color over the foliage, wall and distant water.
My brush picks up some of the green paint from the leaves so I make sure to clean it between each stroke. This way the flowers don’t get muddy, but remain crisp and bright.
The last step is to add the dark in the deep centers of the Day Lilies. A small brush dipped in a mixture of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin is used.
As I was finishing this piece Jack walked by my easel and whispered in my ear, “Let’s Escape to the Isle of Capri!” I’m ready, how ’bout you? We hope some special collector will be captured by the same urge and just have to add this piece to their collection.
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