It isn't often that I have a block of time long enough to devote to completing a single painting, but yesterday was an exception. I began sketching and painting this piece at 1:00PM and finished it at 7:00PM only taking breaks to let the dog out, etc... My original concept called for a macro type floral but with no background or true focal point. I had in mind more of a busy Hawaiian shirt type of composition but with a high contrast. I began with yellows, cerulean blue, ultramarine blue, prussian blue, and madder rose, then finished with some ivory black. This piece was painted entirely with Sennelier pan paints, Sennelier 140# cold-pressed paper, and Sennelier (Raphael) brushes. The original is 15.25" x11.5" in size. I wish the digitized image possessed a bit more of subtleties of the original piece as there are some great textures and effects created from the paint's interaction with the paper.
February 16th, 2011
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