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Hello, I am very excited about my newest painting. I’m again doing the iris theme. This time, however, I’m doing it with transparent glazes, and avoiding white in the flowers themselves. I took this photo a year ago in spring (2012), and was very intrigued by the way the light gleams as it shines through the petals, and especially with the way the light hits the inside of the blooms, and a small touch of yellow
Gleaming Irises, oil on panel, 14″ x 18″
shines through the small space between the violet petals. It is quite striking, with the color and value contrast.
My palette is cadmium yellow deep, cadmium orange, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, permanent magenta, dioxazine violet, flanders blue, and cadmium green, and Permalba white (only in leaves and background). Later, I decided to add quinacridone rose, to get a really brilliant hot pink, so I could really get that petal of the foreground flower on the lower left side. The alizarin was just a bit dull. At first, I tried painting the lighter sunlit petal areas opaquely, using the white paint, but it was so flat and dull compared to the transparent glazes, that I wiped it out and decided to do all the flower parts in glazes. I am also going to put some of these violets and reds and oranges into my background and leaves, to harmonize and unify the painting.
My basic concept is working my way around the color wheel, starting with blue/violet, to violet, to red/violet, to red, to red/orange, to orange, and finally to yellow. This way, I can use lots of colors, but the effect is not garish or jarring, because each adjacent color is analogous to the one next to it.
This one is done with palette knives. I did another painting of an iris garden, but it was done in all brushes. So, this one is in an impasto style, which makes it looser. However, it is still detailed, since it is my nature to focus on detail. I was amazed at all the subtle variations of color in the shadows on the white petals on the foreground iris. Yes, there was even some turquoise blue, due to the sky reflections. I’ll never get tired of painting flowers.
Can You Say Irises? Oil painting on canvas panel, 20″ x 16″
As stated in an earlier blog, I took hundreds of photos of the irises at the Missouri Botanical Garden in spring 2012. I’ve only painted a few of them. It is unbelievable how many colors, sizes, and shapes and variations of irises that place has! The color palette I used is: Permalba white, cadmium yellow lemon, cadmium orange, cadmium scarlet, quinacridone rose, dioxazine violet, ultramarine blue, chrome green deep, and burnt umber.
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The last iris painting I did was also a panorama of many irises, and I got very tight and detailed on it. So, I decided to do another painting of many irises, and to try to get looser with it. Therefore, I quickly blocked in the background, including the leaves and the ground. Then, today, I added the background irises, using just a few quick splats of paint with a palette knife. I liked the effect.
I used a palette of Permalba white, cadmium lemon yellow, cadmium orange, cadmium scarlet, quidacridone rose, dioxazine violet, ultramarine blue, chrome green deep, and burnt umber. I make an optical black by mixing burnt umber with ultra blue. To make a gray, I mix some of this with the white.
I decided to go ahead and do the midground and foreground irises with a palette knife, as well. My tendency is to get extremely detailed, so the knife will force me to stay looser than I usually would. So far, I like the glow in the midground irises on the left. I believe this is due to the use of yellows, oranges, and red, and gradually shifting from one end of the spectrum to the other, in the order of the color wheel. I have not yet done the foreground iris, and have yet to put on the white highlights. I’ll do something with the background to lighten it up, and bring some form into it, that suggests tree leaves.
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Field of Irises, oil on canvas panel, 20″ x 16″, work in progress
I moved my art studio back into my home in April due to financial reasons. This is the first painting I’ve done since I’ve been back to painting at home. It is a luminescent
Completed pastel painting, 9″ x 12″ on pastel art paper.
palette. Therefore, there are no strong darks. I really like how the soft blue background harmonizes with the pinks, peaches, and violets of the iris. The whole piece has a very soft feeling to it, yet it is very colorful. This bloom was backlight, and you can see the light gleaming through the center of the flower from behind.
This pink iris is backlit, which creates some interesting shadows and warmth.
This is my painting called “Iris Panorama”. It is about 98% complete!!
Pushing the Limits, oil on stretched canvas, 24″ x 24″
I see that I had not posted my completed painting “Pushing the Limits”. This will be our (mine and Jon, my husband’s and Jonathan’s father’s) graduation gift to Jonathan. We are extremely proud of him – he has worked very hard to get all A’s, and a 4.0 grade point average at a challenging private Lutheran school. We are still waiting to hear back from the colleges. Jonathan loves to push the limits, and he loves boats and sailing.
I’ve done two complex and involved paintings in the past 2 months, so haven’t been as prolific as usual, which is fine. This time, I’m working on one of the iris garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden. This is a small area, but is amazing in it’s sheer concentration and variety of shapes, sizes, and colors of irises. God is so creative in that there are so many different types of irises. This is taking
Iris Panorama, oil on MDF art panel, 18″ x 24″
some time to paint, since I have the background trees, the 2 men, the background, iris bed, the middle ground irises is various colors, and two foreground iris buds and white iris. I had a lot of fun with the shadows of the foreground iris. They got warmer with the reflected reds as they got closer to the warm red center. I’m almost finished with this, and hope to get it done in the next few days. for the color palette, I used Permalba white, cadmium yellow, cadmium red light, dioxazine violet, ultramarine blue, and sap green
I’m now working on a graduation gift for my senior, Jonathan. He attends Lutheran High School South. His desire is to be a naval architect/marine engineer. Our gift to him is going to be an oil painting of a wooden sailing ship with 6 people in board, heeling at a sharp angle. I looked through a bunch of my husband’s old Wooden Boat magazines, and found this photo on the cover of an issue from 2009. It is being done on a heavy duty, high quality stretched canvas that is 24″ by 24″. This is the first time I’ve done a painting in a square format.
There was LOTS of drawing to do first. It took me about 6 hours just to get all of the drawing done. I know my son, he is extremely precise and technical, so I wanted to get everything in the proper proportion, and get at least the major aspects of the boat technically correct. I made an amazing discovery – in high winds, the boom will actually curve! I never knew that. I’m glad that I was diligent in getting the drawing right, because if I had a perfectly straight boom, it would have looked stiff and artificial.
Pushing the LImits, drawing is complete, painted the sky.
24″ x 24″
There are many lines and hardware, and I’ve only got the major parts of the boat for now. After I paint the hull, the sails, and the people, then I will paint all the blocks and lines on top of that. It would be extremely difficult to paint the sky and water around all the different lines, and it is so easy just to paint lines over the water and sky once these are painted in. I did get the sky painted in this afternoon. It is a challenge, because I have to leave at 2:30 in order to pick up my younger son, Andrew, at 3:00. Being a parent and and artist is a juggling act. Andrew is going to be in the after school program one day a week, so that I’ll have at least one day where I don’t have to leave my studio so early.
I’m calling this painting pushing the limits. Part of this is because of how high the winds are, causing this boat to heel so sharply. The other reason I’m giving it this title, is that my son Jonathan likes to push his own limits. He is very ambitious and hard working, and likes to push himself to his limits and do his very best in everything he does. I am extremely proud of him, and I hope this painting shows that.
I got to finish this painting in oil today. I put some finishing touches on the Face. The first thing I did was put highlights on the eyes. I also darkened the mouth, and the corners of the mouth and sides of the teeth.
Oil on canvas panel,
18″ x 24″, completed
This is the first time I’ve ever used transparent white, for glazing. I mixed a tiny bit of yellow ochre into the trans white so it wouldn’t be icy cold, and softly applied it to the indirect highlights on His forehead, cheeks, and nose. I also glazed over the face, neck, and hands in a thin red glaze. I may go back and glaze again in a very thin blue glaze, as the face is pretty warm.
Then, I painted in the background more loosely. This was fun and relaxing. I mixed the green using phthalo blue/green and yellow ochre. This makes a very nice green – colorful and vibrant, yet natural. For the dark green, I used red and blue to cool and gray it down. For the light green, I added yellow and white to lighten it and warm it up. I used a rich violet gray for the darker shadows in the leaves. After I put in the sky, I added blue reflections on the figure and in the background. I also added some of the earthy oranges to the leaves, as green foliage often has oranges in it, and this unified and harmonized the painting. The tree on the right is done in grayer more neutral greens, and the darks are not as dark. This is to create aerial perspective, which gives it the illusion of depth.
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