Still Life with Flowers
Set up a still life with flowers that can remain in place for a day or two… Notice the outlines around and between things – the negative shapes… working in your sketchbook on simple drawings that help you decide format, composition, tonal values, colours, scale.
With my colour mixing experiments fresh in my mind I selected a few flowers for my arrangement, violet/purple aliums (not so simple on closer inspection!), vibrant orange lilies and smaller delicate daisy type flowers. They were put directly into a vase, still in their brown paper wrapping while I organised myself. I thought the wrapping gave a nice, neutral back drop to the bright colours and thought I’d include it in a couple of my preparatory sketches.
I began my painting by stretching some heavy weight hot pressed watercolour paper and using wet in wet acrylic inks laid in the basic shapes, colours and positions of the main flowers. I was happily working away and was pleased with the balance of control and letting the inks do their own thing. The below photograph shows the work in progress up where I finished for the day. I was unable to work on it for a couple of days but kept popping back up to look at it for ideas. See notes in sketchbook in next photograph.
Although, I may not have gone as far as I was envisaging from my sketchbook reflection, I did feel I made the final painting more dynamic than where it was originally heading. Unfortunately, the photographs do not show the brightness of the pinks as they are in real life.