Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Painting without a sketch.....

.........is something I find very difficult to do.  I thought I would try painting some pansies today, taking a break from my commission.  Sometimes I need to do that to clear my head and relax. 

I painted with some friends this morning, I always appreciate the opportunity to do that.  My friend's wife had some pansies in a pot outside.  They were beautiful, but there were so many!  I figured if I got lost in the sketch I'd never get to paint, they'd die first!  So, I quickly put some abstract shapes where I thought the flowers should go, placed where I wanted the pot to be, and started painting.  Like I said, for me this is definitely out of my comfort zone. 

This one is painted with mostly Senneliers and Schminckes, such soft lucious pastels.  I had one green Girault too.  It is done on Canson Mi Teintes, the color is Ivy.  Size is  18" x 12 1/2". 

This first photo is just the painting:

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This next photo is the painting with the set up, you can see my set of Senneliers on the table.  The colors in the painting here are a bit washed out, there was a light over my shoulder, and when I light up my paintings and try to take a photo, the colors get washed out.  You can see that even the paper doesn't look dark green, it looks gray.  This is to show what I painted from:

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