Tuesday, April 13, 2010

On The Easel - Developing Peony's with Limes, Still life

"Concentration is the magic key that opens the door to accomplishment."  -Michael Korda

Continuing to glaze colors on the back peony's, changing the value slightly each time.  They are now taking shape.  Plan to develop them a little further, then I will move on to the leaves and limes.  

Going slowly as I think my way through.  I will leave the glass bowl until most of the painting is completed.  I want to ensure that I keep it overall lighter than the rest of the painting and more abstract.  

Have a good one!
Laura Leeder
Visit my website:  http://www.lauraleeder.com/

Monday, April 5, 2010

On The Easel - Developing Peony's with Limes, Still life

"Theories, methods and formulas aid in the making of art, but each artist's technique comes more from his or her personality more than anything else." -Randall Sexton

I am continuing to develop the back peonys as well as the limes.

I've also added some washes of color to the table cloth.  This was done by first adding a wash of yellow, allowing it to dry, then selectively adding touches of pink, allowing to dry, followed by a wash of  lite gold and sienna.  This will allow the yellows and pinks to be seen through the successive shadow color layers.  

Starting to develop the limes...adding various shades of blue to develop the form, before applying the greens.  While painting the limes, I am trying to develop the texture as well. I have added a few small dots of miskit to save some of the white and I am dry brushing on color in small circular motions, that I hope will read as bumps on the skin of each lime when dry.  I have also added some salt, while the paint was still wet.

On to the table top, and further glazes on the leaves.  Moving along slowly and cautiously as I think my way through. 

More to follow....
Laura Leeder

Friday, April 2, 2010

On The Easel - Developing Peony's with Limes, Still life

"Perceptive observation is seeing with your brain, feeling with your eyes, interpreting with your heart."   -Robert Wade

I am continuing to develop the flowers.  I have added a second, lite wash to the back peonys using a mixture of blue & violet.  Each peony received a slightly different mix. I lifted the color while wet, at the edges of each petal, this helps to separate them. Working slowly, I will start to devolop each of the petals on the back peonys.
Moving on to the lemons, I have added a few dots of miskit, where I wanted to save the white of the paper.  I added a wash of  aureolin yellow and charged in a deeper wash of new gamboge where I wanted to build darks.  While still wet, I have dropped in a touch of  lite green.  I will let this dry and start adding color to the lace and tabletop.
Yours in art,
Laura Leeder
Email:  lleeder@telus.net
Visit my website:  http://www.lauraleeder.com/      
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