How I Painted Gumdale, Pink Flowers, Blue Sky

(My “On the Easel” posts provide you with a behind-the-scenes take a look at what I’m engaged on, what went effectively, what went incorrect, and issues I be taught.)

Let’s check out how I painted Gumdale, Pink Flowers, Blue Sky. I run previous this spot virtually every single day. On this specific event, the whole lot was good. The solar, the colours, composition, clouds, flowers… the whole lot. It was a kind of double-take moments the place I needed to backtrack and take just a few images to color within the studio.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Pink Flowers, Blue Sky

Reference Picture

Beneath is the reference picture I painted from. Be happy to color it your self.

You’ll be able to obtain a high-resolution model of the picture right here.


Right here’s what I used:

  • Oil on Ambersand gessoboard, 9 by 12 inches.
  • Foremost colours: Ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cadmium purple, magenta, cadmium yellow, cadmium yellow mild, viridian inexperienced, and titanium white.

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Notes and Classes Realized

  • I didn’t have massive plans for this portray. It was actually simply to get me out of a artistic rut and to get some concepts and inspiration flowing.

Tip: The easiest way to interrupt out of a artistic rut is to color one thing, something. This can result in extra exercise and inspiration. No matter you do, don’t let your easel lay dormant for too lengthy, or procrastination may get the higher of you.

  • I painted not lengthy after taking the reference picture, while my first impressions have been nonetheless recent in my head. Once I paint from reference images like this, I exploit the picture as a normal information and rely extra on my recollections and impressions of the topic.
  • The reference picture doesn’t do the scene justice. The colours have been a lot richer and brighter in particular person.
  • A key characteristic of the portray is the hanging distinction between the purple flowers and the inexperienced grass and leaves. Pink and inexperienced are complementary colours, which means they’re on opposing sides of the colour wheel and have a pure distinction. The blue sky is weaker in saturation and performs extra of a help function within the portray.
  • I took the picture at noon when the solar was vibrant and excessive within the sky. Underneath the noon solar, there tends to be a pointy distinction between mild and darkish, onerous edges, and excessive readability.

Tip: It’s vital to know the character and situations of the topic so you possibly can play into these concepts in your portray. On this case, it’s noon with a blue sky and some clouds. I performed into this through the use of onerous edges, extra detailed brushwork, and sharp shade distinction. If, alternatively, it was an overcast and wet day, I might use softer edges and distinction.

Progress Photographs

Step 1: Sketch the most important shapes and contours.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Red Flowers, Blue Sky, 2022 WIP 1

Step 2: Block within the normal colours and shapes. I used paper towel to raise extra paint from the floor. I discover the floor turns into much less aware of my strokes as paint builds up.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Red Flowers, Blue Sky, 2022 WIP 2

Step 3: Consolidate the timber, leaves, flowers, fence, and floor. I used extra texture and visual brushwork for the leaves and flowers taking pictures up excessive of the fence, as that is the point of interest of the portray.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Red Flowers, Blue Sky, 2022 WIP 3

Step 4: Add element and texture to the grass. Discover my upward brushwork that performs into the thought of fresh-cut grass.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Red Flowers, Blue Sky, 2022 WIP 4

Step 5: Work on the sky, add stronger shadows to the fence, and end off the street and path with just a few palette knife strokes.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Red Flowers, Blue Sky, 2022 WIP 5

Step 6: Make just a few changes right here and there, then signal and {photograph} the completed portray.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Pink Flowers, Blue Sky, 2022

Thanks for Studying!

I respect you taking the time to learn this submit and I hope you discovered it useful. Be happy to share it with pals. If you wish to be taught extra, be certain to take a look at my ​Panorama Portray Masterclass​. Enrollment is open for the following week.

Blissful portray!

Dan Scott

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