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It’s done! All 84 x 59 cm of it. That’s a lot of paint. And time. And patience…
It’s been a gargantuan task – there is lots I love about it and some things I’d change but for now c’est finito (do you like my grasp of languages!)
Thanks for all your lovely comments about the New Leaf show – you guys are great at cheering me on – don’t ever stop! Especially as I have more good news to share later in the week
Back in May I painted three of the tulips I had grown in the garden. They were unexpectedly beautiful and I wanted to capture them before they died – and I didn’t have much time. So I bit the bullet and painted them but not in my usual fashion. I was right out of my comfort zone for many reasons. I like to build a still life and see how everything is going to work together before I begin. I like to paint from the back towards the front not the other way around and I don’t often paint anything as large as this which is A1.
It began well enough and has sat on the easel since May looking at me across the room and asking ‘Are you brave enough yet to finish me?’ And the answer has been no… until now.
I am finding it really difficult though!
I have built a set up around the same vase but with three (of the most awfully tacky) pretend roses in it to help the composition. But it’s just not the same as the living thing. And because I wanted this piece of be about Spring I am having to use some faux Forsythia.
The painting around is driving me to distraction – I have coated the tulips in matt acrylic varnish to protect them but even so I have drawn it out, painted over it to wash the background and am concentrating so hard on not losing the pencil lines or paint on the tulips that I think I might just blow a gasket soon!
Well enough of the grumbles and lets get back to plodding along! Hope you’re having a good week.
The teacups are finished. Over the last few weeks I have been working backwards putting in backgrounds behind the cups that I painted.
I can’t remember now why I did it that way around? I never normally do! I have also painted complete, extra backgrounds to fiddle around with in Photoshop. Maybe that’s why I painted and scanned the cups first…
Everyone whose been up to the studio has a different favourite. I love the top pink and gold one (on right.) There are clearer photo’s in Flickr. Have a lovely Monday:)
This is one of my favourite teacups to paint. There is something satisfying about its shape and pattern to draw and paint. I started out by ghosting in all the shadows. I learnt the hard way once when I drew in all that pattern and then lost it by washing over the greys.
This time I drew the pencil on top. I love drawing on a painted surface. It has an extra yummy feel to it.
And then I filled in the blue pattern by layering shades of blue water-colour wash to get light and dark tones.
There were plenty of real cups of tea along the way too!