Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pineapple Demo

The setup: EasyL paintbox, north light from window.
Roughed in general shapes in middle value.  Only colors used throughout were ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, napthol red, and white.  About 20 minutes.
Worked out main "players" in leaf pattern.  Worked warm glow in background.  
About 30 minutes.
Painted leaves with warm and cool colors, darks and lights.  Left brushstokes with thick paint, blending as little as possible.  About 60  minutes.
Worked base and fiddled with leaves a bit more.  Finished painting.  About 40 minutes.
 Total time: About 2 hours, 40 minutes.


Brenda Ferguson said...

Diane, the range of colors in this piece is just amazing. Beautiful!

Diane Mannion said...

Thank you, Brenda. It's amazing what napthol red, ultramarine blue, cad yellow and white can do!

Karen Werner said...

Beautiful sense of light. Great color, and thanks for sharing your set-up and process.

Sonya Johnson said...

This is great, Diane, and such a perfect example of the versatility of a simple primary palette + white. I have been wanting to try a different red in my palette, and I think I may give the napthol a try!

Thanks for sharing your in-progress photos - I always love it when artists do that.

Diane Mannion said...

Thanks, Sonya! Glad you enjoyed the Pineapple demo. Discovered how well napthol works as a red when I did last weeks Challenge at dailypaintworks. Good range of colors instead of scarlet cadmium. I usually work with just the primaries and then branch out from there. It's a good base. I usually spend a lot of time investigating some of my favorite artist's technique suggestions... learned everything I could from Duane Keiser, Abby Ryan, and and master red, yellow, blue painter...Kevin Macpherson (love his lake series from one spot).
Painting is a never ending learning experience. Fun!

Kathy Mallat said...

Love seeing your process, Diane. Thanks for that!