The weather hasn't been too great here in Derbyshire this week, plus it has been the half term holidays, so my three children are off school. This has meant I have had no time to get out and about painting, which I'm itching to do. The weather forecast looks promising next week, so fingers crossed I'll get my new poached box outdoors very soon.
In the meantime, I have snatched the odd few minutes in my studio (which I'm so lucky is attached to my home), and managed to complete a still life of a bunch of daffodils. For some reason, they are always a subject I struggle with, I think its the distinctive shape of the flowers, together with their colouring, which always reads as too pale when painting onto a white surface. This time I prepared the panel with a layer of raw umber, which I think has helped make it a more successful painting. I resisted the temptation to fiddle too much, just laying the colours and leaving them, in an alla prima technique.
Painting this filled me with optimism for the spring that is fast coming - I can already see lots of new growth in the gardens, with many possibilities for vibrant and impressionistic paintings!
|...in progress photo|
|...the finished painting|
oil on 8x6"canvas panel
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