Fruitful August, 11x14" oil/linen panel, ©Diane Mannion
Painting from Life
Set this still life up by a north window and was too eager to start. Should have worked a design... a thumbnail sketch first. Kept adding and subtracting objects to get it to work.
By the time I was ready to paint the flowers, they had wilted and dropped a few leaves. The flowers had to be painted from photo reference and memory. But the leaves added the perfect transition. Moved the leaf in front to guide the eye into the painting. The leaf on the right side of the jar dropped into the perfect spot... painted it in right away!
Here's how the painting looked at the start. Easy to see the changes! Main subject is the play of light on the objects, and how the color works throughout. A struggle with fruitful results. I'll give myself a pat on the back for this one.
It's a shock going from a daily painting to a weekly one! Wish I could paint faster... but slow is fine, too.