Friday, April 26, 2013

Garden Crown

Diane Mannion, Garden Crown, 10x8" oil on linen

Painting Saved By Bird

Wanted to paint the background without using any blue!  The green is simply black, yellow ochre, cad yellow, and white.  My reason for not using blue in the background was to force the blue in the glass "crown" to stand out and I think it does.  Added the sparrow for scale and garden drama... the little peeper pulled the whole painting together!  Happy with this.  Fence post located in Pat's garden.
The start.  Realized right away the subject needed something else... and along came the sparrow.  Shot this inside under lights, thus the more yellow green.  Final above is the most accurate color.
Middle stage, again shot inside so greens are much yellower than finished painting above.
The finished painting again to compare.


Kathleen Eve Kelly said...

This has got to be my favorite painting of yours yet! LOVE that blue dome, and the little bird is adorable. You took an ordinary object and made it art. The blue is like a breath of fresh air. Love this one!

Diane Mannion said...

Thanks, Kathleen. This one is special to me because I really wanted to paint that blue glass but couldn't figure out how to make it a "painting" until that little bird flew in.