"SHIMMER," 10119, daily painter original © Carol Nelson Fine Art




This poppy painting was an experiment. I wanted to try some new things. First of all, it is layered. By that I mean that the background was painted in shades of green, blue, purple and gray originally. You can see these underpainting colors showing through here and there. I used to wonder what the purpose of an underpainting, done in complimentary colors to the final layer of paint, was, other than a waste of paint. Now I know that these subtle little nuances of color add to an overall richness of the final finish.

Secondly, I let the painting "paint itself." I often do this in my abstract pieces. To allow the painting to paint itself, you have to let colors flow together. You have to add water (these are acrylics) and push the pools of color around with a brush, with a hair dryer, with alcohol, with more water. When these free form pools dry, you go in with a brush or knife and paint the shapes you see as if you had drawn them in the first place. You add and subtract from what is already there. It's totally random and if you look closely at the background of this painting, you'll see where I did this.

The poppy petals were sculpted with modeling paste before I started the painting, a technique I use in many of my textured paintings. I think the finished piece has a vibrancy about it due to these layered combinations and the color notes I added towards the completion of the painting. And, by the way, this painting went through a stage where I thought - YUK - this is NOT working. Don't give up! Just keep working it out. : -)

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9 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

This is just beautiful, Carol. I had to laugh at your thoughts about underpainting. Quite honestly, I think the same thing myself. LOL

Cindy said...

This is lovely (as always). Thanks for the insight into your technique~!

Nancie Johnson said...

This is just gorgeous. I absolutely love the colors you've chosen. And I loved reading the steps you went through in creating this.

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

LOVE hearing about the process...it enhances the already beautiful end result! I adore underpainting...It is surprising how it comes through! I liked hearing about letting it paint itself...that is how I approach my aspen and their knots! Beautiful work as always!

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

I too am experimenting with toning/underpainting. I think it's well worth the trouble for that extra oomph!

Dana Cooper said...

This is wonderful Carol, the depth that is randomly created is beautiful...I love your poppies!

LindaHunt said...

I love your poppies!

Becky Vigor said...

Fantastic post! Thank you for not only sharing your beautiful painting but also giving such useful guidance. I have also always wondered about the underpainting thing but saw it in action at a recent exhibition, was impressed but still quite mystified, now I get it :)

Caroline Bray Art said...

This is a beautiful piece and it's fascinating to read your process. I very much admire you for trying new things, I think that's what greta art is all about. Always trying something new adn testing oneself. Great work, Carol!