Morning’s Song

We’ll begin work on the Helenium, nestled at the base of the wall below the Petunias. My palette is shown above. Colors left over from previous sessions is lined up on the left. The oil paint will be usable for 3 or 4 days. It’s nice to save the colors in case I need to go back and work on one of the areas I’ve painted earlier. My mixes for the foliage of the rusty orange flowers (#1) are three shades of Sap Green + Lemon Yellow. #2. Alizarin Crimson + a bit of Cadmium Red Medium. #3. Pure Cadmium Red Light. #4. Cadmium Orange + a touch of Alizarin Crimson.

The blossoms are blocked in first. The mass of color on the right is lighter because the sun, spilling through the archway, will be illuminating those blossoms.

Next the greens are painted around the reds and oranges. By working in this sequence, FLOWERS FIRST, LEAVES LAST, the hues of the blossoms remain bright and crisp. If the foliage was blocked in first, my brush would pick up some of the green as I painted the flowers over it, muddying the color.

Painting the centers of the Helenium is a three step process. #1. Dark centers are made with MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. #2. A Cadmium Yellow Medium dot is added in the middle of that. Then a speck of MUD is made in the center of the yellow (#3).  You may enlarge the picture to see this better, just click on the image.

DEMONSTRATION VIDEO: Part One of painting Matilija Poppies. These beautiful flowers are 6 to 8 inches in diameter; the plants can grow up to 8 feet tall!

DEMONSTRATION VIDEO: The second part of showing how I paint Matilija Poppies.

The Matilija Poppies are complete. Now you can see why a lot of people call them “Fried Egg Flowers”!

Tall Hollyhocks are planted on the right side of the arch. The dark upright provides contrast for the light streaming into the courtyard.

The rising sun just tips the edges of some of the Hollyhock flowers and leaves. The soft light skipping across the clouds, landscape and courtyard garden is all part of God’s glorious “Morning’s Song”. Thank you for following along and also for your wonderful comments. I appreciate you taking the time to write. If you’ve enjoyed my blog please feel free to share it with all of your friends. HUGS,

3 Responses to “Morning’s Song”

  1. Barbara Johnson Says:

    Wow ! Absolutely love all the colors and flowers ! Can never have enough blossoms for the flower girl ! Thanks for sharing you process and beautiful painting !!

  2. Terri El-Farkh Says:

    Love it! I wish I could live in your paintings, they are all so beautiful. Thanks for allowing us to watch you create a little heaven on earth.

  3. Lifetime Chicago Says:

    Love this too!

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