How I Painted Gumdale, Pink Flowers, Blue Sky

(My “On the Easel” posts offer you a behind-the-scenes have a look at what I’m engaged on, what went effectively, what went incorrect, and issues I study.)

Let’s check out how I painted Gumdale, Pink Flowers, Blue Sky. I run previous this spot nearly each day. On this explicit event, every little thing was good. The solar, the colours, composition, clouds, flowers… every little thing. It was a type of double-take moments the place I needed to backtrack and take a number of photographs to color within the studio.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Pink Flowers, Blue Sky

Reference Picture

Under is the reference photograph I painted from. Be at liberty to color it your self.

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


Right here’s what I used:

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

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Notes and Classes Discovered

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

Tip: One of the simplest ways to interrupt out of a inventive rut is to color one thing, something. This may result in extra exercise and inspiration. No matter you do, don’t let your easel lay dormant for too lengthy, or procrastination would possibly get the higher of you.

  • I painted not lengthy after taking the reference photograph, while my first impressions had been nonetheless recent in my head. Once I paint from reference photographs like this, I take advantage of the photograph as a normal information and rely extra on my reminiscences and impressions of the topic.
  • The reference photograph doesn’t do the scene justice. The colours had been a lot richer and brighter in individual.
  • A key function of the portray is the hanging distinction between the crimson 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 assist function within the portray.
  • I took the photograph at noon when the solar was brilliant and excessive within the sky. Below the noon solar, there tends to be a pointy distinction between gentle and darkish, arduous edges, and excessive readability.

Tip: It’s essential to grasp the character and situations of the topic so you may 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 arduous 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 Pictures

Step 1: Sketch the foremost 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 attentive to 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 a number of palette knife strokes.

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

Step 6: Make a number of 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 publish and I hope you discovered it useful. Be at liberty to share it with buddies. If you wish to study extra, make sure that to take a look at my ​Panorama Portray Masterclass​. Enrollment is open for the following week.

Completely happy portray!

Dan Scott

Draw Paint Academy