Tuesday, August 14, 2012

In Progress

oil 20x16 I've been working on this larger piece and thought I'd show the progression as of today. I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I've been painting only small paintings for three years. I knew I needed to start painting larger, and seeing the Edgar Payne exhibit at PMCA on Saturday gave me the kick in the pants I needed. Bigger brushes and bigger piles of paint feels SOOO good!!!
The arrangement is backed by an olive drab drape, which I will use for value and shape but alter the color a bit in my painting. That jug is not part of the painting, it's just to weight the front of my platform because the vase is so heavy. I toned the canvas with alizarin and cad yellow.
I started with the flowers first because they'll move and die. I did have to wipe out one whole section of alstromerias because they got overworked. I like to do flowers almost like Chinese brush painting, just a few strokes. All these shots were taken with my beloved iPhone. :-)
Loved painting all the subtle colors in the vase. Maybe the sides aren't perfectly matching, but i think I can adjust when I paint the background.
Early on I decided to place the vase slightly off center which necessitated another object for balance. Grapes seemed perfect. Not wanting to go to the store right then, I grabbed some fake grapes I had laying around, a bit concerned that they'd look fake in the painting. I think not. After painting them, I sprayed them with water so I could see where the highlights would be. So glad I've painted lots of real grapes. It helped.


  1. fantastic...what background color?

  2. So fun to see the process Karen. This is going to be a beauty. Already is. Love the shadow colors in the white flowers.

  3. It is great to see the progress! In fact, so nice to see a larger painting, too. I, too, have started working big again and it feels so great and somehow just seems like it is more viable art, don't you think? So far, I really like what you've done, Karen.

  4. This is beautiful and the photos are great! I love seeing what you are doing and love all the commentary right down to what you primed the canvas with. I can hardly wait to see it completed.

  5. It is so easy to get stuck painting small. But I love it. I have painted a couple of larger ones recently and find it a wonderful challenge. Loving this. Cant wait to see the finished painting.I will surely be watching for it.

  6. I love to see your work at different stages like this. Can't wait
    to see the final work.

  7. Thanks for sharing your progress. Lookin' good! The flowers look so fresh and beautiful! I've just begun my small painting journey but I can see how the time can slide by and one day you realize it's time to look at some other possibilities.:) The experience you gained from those small ones has to be paying off now!


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