Petunias, Daisies and a Touch of Blue!

Here’s the pen and ink sketch for the fifth painting in my Birds and Blooms series. It will be 12 inches by 12 inches. Please keep in mind as you read through my blog, you may click on any image to see an enlargement.

The basic outline of the birds and basket is made with a brush dipped in an oil wash made of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin Original. The photo I’m using for reference is taped to my easel, you can see I’ve changed the gesture of the bird a little. Thin washes of Cobalt Blue + Liguin Original and Burnt Sienna + Liquin Original are used to indicate the colorful feathers of the Bluebirds.

Daisies are washed in with a combination of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin Original, while the leaves are Sap Green + Liquin Original.

The Petunias are a thin oil wash of Permanent Rose + Liquin Original; Viridian Green + Liquin Original makes up the foliage. Sap Green wash from the Daisies is used for the heart shaped leaves of Sweet Potato Vine.

The wicker basket is now drawn in with the MUD wash.

Washing in the flowers and birds with color helps me to determine the overall balance of the painting’s composition. Another advantage is that the oil wash completely covers the canvas in those areas, I won’t have to worry about the pesky, tiny white specks that appear when the thicker oil paints don’t totally fill in the rough texture of the cloth. And, speaking of thicker oil paints, work begins with them in our next session.

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