painting rehearsal

green flowers study central flower

I’m working on a small flower painting today and have used this even smaller study above (8 x 10 inches) to rehearse approaches to the central section of the main painting.

The painting is textured and the study is also.  I love the freedom of acrylic paint for texture.  You can pile a lot of paint on the surface and paint right over it again in a fairly short period of time.

Some of this approach I want to translate later into oil.  But in oil the strategy will need to be a little different.

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tropical flowers

flowers acrylic

I distract myself from winter by all the non-winter things that I can imagine — flowers, warm summer landscapes, bright colors!  I particularly the riot-chaotic feeling of masses of flowers.