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Big Bold Spring Blooms 24x30 inches Latex house paint with charcoal, pastel and graphite ©2016 Lucinda Howe

Big Bold Spring Blooms
24×30 inches
Latex house paint with charcoal, pastel and graphite
©2016 Lucinda Howe

This week I’m showing another piece for an online workshop called Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting with Lynn Whipple.  The process involved toning the canvas orange, layering paint and pastel, pushing and pulling background and foreground, and finishing with a spray varnish to seal the pastel.  I like the light background color on this one better than the dark background from last week’s piece.

The assignment for the last week is to paint bigger and bolder on a 36 by 48 inch canvas. I’m planning to start with the orange canvas and a fresh bunch of flowers, but each layer builds on the previous one, so it will be a surprise how it turns out.

Posted in Acrylics

Big Bold Blooms

Work in progress, Step 1 Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting! workshop with Lynn Whipple 30x24 inches charcoal, pastel, on white gesso ©2016 Lucinda Howe NFS

Work in progress, Step 1
Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting!
workshop with Lynn Whipple
30×24 inches
charcoal, pastel, on white gesso
©2016 Lucinda Howe
NFS

 

Warm weather in South Carolina this week is making new blooms pop out every day.  Bradford pears, redbuds, Japanese magnolias, blueberries, and dogwoods are blooming in my neighborhood.

I’m still in the process of cleaning out overgrown areas in order to see what areas I can renovate.  In past years I eliminated turf grass in favor of ground covers.  I like the texture and lower water usage of ground covers, but I’m learning a hard lesson about establishing boundaries.  A particularly aggressive ground cover called asiatic jasmine is my biggest headache.  It goes everywhere and hugs the ground so it’s hard to cut or pull out.  I guess that’s what happens when my interests compete and painting takes over.

Work in progress, Step 2 Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting!  workshop with Lynn Whipple 30x24 inches charcoal, pastel, on white gesso ©2016 Lucinda Howe NFS

Work in progress, Step 2
Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting!
workshop with Lynn Whipple
30×24 inches
charcoal, pastel, on white gesso
©2016 Lucinda Howe
NFS

So this week, I’m balancing gardening and painting.  I’m in the third week of Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting! on-line workshop with Lynn Whipple.  This technique combines layers of drawing and painting.  This piece started with a textured white gesso layer.  Then I added gestural pastel drawings, muted color blocks, more intense colors, a dark background, and then another layer of pastel.  There is still one more layer of highlights to be applied.

Work in progress, Step 3 Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting!  workshop with Lynn Whipple 30x24 inches charcoal, pastel, on white gesso ©2016 Lucinda Howe NFS

Work in progress, Step 3
Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting!
workshop with Lynn Whipple
30×24 inches
charcoal, pastel, on white gesso
©2016 Lucinda Howe
NFS

Work in progress, Step 4 Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting!  workshop with Lynn Whipple 30x24 inches charcoal, pastel, on white gesso ©2016 Lucinda Howe NFS

Work in progress, Step 4
Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting!
workshop with Lynn Whipple
30×24 inches
charcoal, pastel, on white gesso
©2016 Lucinda Howe
NFS

I’m amazed how much each layer changes the look of the piece. And even though each layer covers up most of the previous one, the process captures the energy that went into the painting.

Work in progress, Step 4 Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting!  workshop with Lynn Whipple 30x24 inches charcoal, pastel, on white gesso ©2016 Lucinda Howe NFS

Work in progress, Step 5
Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting!
workshop with Lynn Whipple
30×24 inches
charcoal, pastel, on white gesso
©2016 Lucinda Howe
NFS

Posted in Garden, Uncategorized

Dreaming of Flowers

Work in progress Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting!  workshop with Lynn Whipple 30x24 inches charcoal, pastel, & latex house paint NFS

Work in progress
Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting!
workshop with Lynn Whipple
30×24 inches
charcoal, pastel, & latex house paint
NFS

As the weather has continued mild here in Columbia, SC this week, I have spring fever even more than last week.   I’ve been pruning overgrown shrubs, taming large expanses of ground cover, and ordering seeds for annual flowers.  Inspired by the botanical garden at the Zoo, I’ve added some hellebores and ferns to my shade garden.

When I had a few minutes for painting, I’ve been taking an on-line painting workshop.  Have you taken an on-line class?  I’ve taken several in the last few years.  Each teacher is different, but most of the classes consist of some combination of emails, video lessons with demonstrations, assignments, and a Facebook group or video conferencing for interaction with the instructor and other students.  I like being able to do the assignments on my own schedule and to have the benefit of the class without travel expense.

The class I’m taking now is called Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting! with Lynn Whipple.  We’re painting in layers in a large format based on inspiration from a big flowers arrangement.   It’s very loose and each new layer covers up much of the previous one.  We’re using charcoal, pastels, and house paint.  The interesting thing about this class is that each lesson (arriving on Tuesday or Thursday) builds on the last one, but it’s not obvious where we’re going.  This painting is after lesson 4.  The layers are:

  1. a cool gray toned canvas,
  2. a very messy line drawing with charcoal and pastels,
  3. abstract muted color blocks based loosely on the lines, andcharcoal drawing,
  4. more intense colors, intentional drips and spatters.

I believe we’ll be doing some push/pull with the background and adding details with pastels.  I can’t wait to see the next step.

What do you think of this process?  Do you like taking on-line classes?  How would you like painting a layer and waiting a few days to see what comes next?  Do you get attached to your early drawing and resist covering it with another layer?  Please leave your comments below.

Posted in Garden