We subscribe to a few gardening magazines and one evening, as we were reading them, I heard a loud RIPPPPPPPPPP! Jack handed me a page with a jagged edge, on it was a picture of the neatest little watering can. He could hardly contain himself. Glowing with pride he asked, “Wouldn’t that be nice filled with daisies?”
“With some grapes in a basket,” I replied with excitement. The background is painted first, followed by the watering can. Various mixes of Pthalo Blue + MUD + White are used for the metal container. A touch of Hansa Lemon Yellow is added to the mix for the lighter portions of the can. An old weathered wood plank table makes for a nice setting.
I enjoy painting grapes. The green ones are mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. The light reflecting on the grapes from the water can are made with a little of the color left over from the container. Various mixes of Dioxazine Purple + White are used for the Purple grapes. The shadow areas of the White Daisies are combinations of Ultramarine Blue + White, Dioxazine Purple + White and Pthalo Blue + White. I make certain these are dark enough so the sunlit petals will glow.
The foliage, highlights and centers of the White Daises complete the piece. Kudos to Jack, I think he came up with a super idea. And, he just had another article published on Fine Art Studio Online. CLICK HERE to read Awards and Ribbons: Who Really Cares? Have a great day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik
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