Application of opaque oil color begins with the sky and background trees. The line of trees in the far distance is painted with cool greens made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) White which makes them fall back. The closer trees are darker mixes of Pthalo Blue + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium. A bit of White is added for the lighter portions of the oaks.

The field of Bluebonnets is blocked in, starting near the trees. Combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Dioxazine Purple + White is used for this area. The junction between the flowers and trees is softened to make them all drop into the distance. This follows a basic rule to help give depth in a painting: Soft Edges Recede; Hard Edges Come Forward. The sharper, distinct edges will be on Quinn, bringing her forward.

The Bluebonnets nearer the foreground are made of Cobalt Blue + White.

After the foliage of the Bluebonnets is painted around the blue masses of the flowers, Indian Paintbrush are added. These are various mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light + White.

The flowers continue on to the sides of the gallery wrap canvas.

The whole unit of cardboard + canvas is taken off the easel and laid flat on my taboret to make it easier to paint the bottom edge.

The fabric of the dress in the original photo was adorned with a pattern. However, that would be too busy and distract from her face in the portrait. So the dress is painted a soft turquoise blue made of Pthalo Turquoise Blue + White that will accentuate Quinn’s skin tones.

Now white “caps” are added on the Bluebonnets. Please keep in mind as you read my blog, you may click on any of the pictures to see them larger.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Coreopsis

Flowers are complete, we’ll begin working on Quinn in our next session. Hope to see you then! HUGS,

2 Responses to “Wildflowers”

  1. rpillai2012 Says:

    Lovely work!

  2. williamjosephjonesart Says:

    Mikki, love seeing your wonderful work!

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