8 x 10 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
Last year we planted some new camellia bushes and this year we are reaping the rewards. They have been blossoming like crazy the past couple of weeks here in Atlanta. I took a photo of one grouping on the bush the other day and decided to use it as inspiration for a painting. I let go of the need to paint the fence as it was and just simplified the scene to a light background.
Here's how I got started just blocking in the general shapes and placement with transparent dark colors. In the beginning, I aim for darker than I will ultimately end up with so that as I add lighter and lighter shapes they have contrast to sit upon. I use what might be helpful from the photo reference or set up if I have fresh flowers in front of me. but don't feel compelled to use it all- just what will work for my composition.
Then next I begin adding more color and start getting more specific with shapes starting from my darkest value shapes and moving lighter as I progress. I don't necessarily have only one approach, but this is one way I often proceed.
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Here's the original photo form my garden.