"KALEIDOSCOPE," 10133, daily painter textured poppy floral original © Carol Nelson Fine Art












I took a few shots of this painting in progress so you could get an idea of the process. The first step (not shown) was to put on the texture by sculpting the petals using acrylic modeling paste.

The under painting on the background shows through in the final painting in varying degrees. You can see if you click on the finished painting to enlarge it, that my brush work is loose. I'm not trying to "stay inside the lines." I think it adds to the visual interest when there is movement and suggested forms.

Notice too, how the flower forms overlap one another, leaving varied and interesting negative space. Students often have a tendency to paint individual flowers that don't touch one another, ending with a stiff, unnatural arrangement.

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14 comments:

Marie Theron said...

How well the new warmer colours work, Carol! It is beautiful especially when viewed in the large view!

Dusty Pines said...

this is really beautiful! and it's so great to see the before steps - thank you for posting them! the purple & blue really do help that orange to sparkle! really remarkable painting!

bricarwaller said...

Love those poppies and it's great to see the process.

Sharon said...

Hi Carol: Thanks for showing the process shots -I never would have suspected what was underneath the final painting! Did you have a rationale for breaking up the background space the way that you did (colour and shape)in the underpainting?
Cheers
Sharon

AutumnLeaves said...

Just beautiful, Carol! Your poppies are truly masterpieces.

SarahBowie said...

Really liked the process lesson on this one. :)

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

Love this colorful and rich painting! So nice to find you. I will be back.

Becky Joy said...

I really like your poppies that you paint. Keep them up

isabel said...

muy buen trabajo , felicidades...!!!
Un saludo.

r garriott said...

Your poppies are simply stunning!!

Nancie Johnson said...

I LOVE THIS!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

really beautiful. has almost an art deco feel to it.

Stephen Parker said...

Wow, Carol. This is amazing. The intensity of the poppy's colors, grounded by the strong dark lines makes it very graphic. Really beautiful

Dean Grey said...

Carol!

Wow, what a difference between start to finish!

Why would you paint the blue sections in the first step if they won't be shown at all in the final stage?

Just wondering!

-Dean