How I Painted Gumdale, Purple Flowers, Blue Sky

(My “On the Easel” posts offer you a behind-the-scenes have a look at what I’m engaged on, what went effectively, what went flawed, and issues I be taught.)

Let’s check out how I painted Gumdale, Purple Flowers, Blue Sky. I run previous this spot virtually day by day. On this explicit event, every little thing was good. The solar, the colours, composition, clouds, flowers… every little thing. It was a type of double-take moments the place I needed to backtrack and take a number of pictures to color within the studio.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Purple Flowers, Blue Sky

Reference Photograph

Under is the reference photograph I painted from. Be happy to color it your self.

You possibly can obtain a high-resolution model of the photograph right here.


Right here’s what I used:

  • Oil on Ambersand gessoboard, 9 by 12 inches.
  • Fundamental colours: Ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cadmium crimson, magenta, cadmium yellow, cadmium yellow mild, viridian inexperienced, and titanium white.

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Notes and Classes Discovered

  • I didn’t have massive plans for this portray. It was actually simply to get me out of a inventive rut and to get some concepts and inspiration flowing.

Tip: One of the best ways to interrupt out of a inventive rut is to color one thing, something. It will result in extra exercise and inspiration. No matter you do, don’t let your easel lay dormant for too lengthy, or procrastination would possibly get the higher of you.

  • I painted not lengthy after taking the reference photograph, while my first impressions have been nonetheless recent in my head. After I paint from reference pictures like this, I take advantage of the photograph as a normal information and rely extra on my reminiscences and impressions of the topic.
  • The reference photograph doesn’t do the scene justice. The colours have been a lot richer and brighter in particular person.
  • A key characteristic of the portray is the placing distinction between the crimson flowers and the inexperienced grass and leaves. Purple and inexperienced are complementary colours, which means they’re on opposing sides of the colour wheel and have a pure distinction. The blue sky is weaker in saturation and performs extra of a help position within the portray.
  • I took the photograph at noon when the solar was vivid and excessive within the sky. Underneath the noon solar, there tends to be a pointy distinction between mild and darkish, onerous edges, and excessive readability.

Tip: It’s necessary to grasp the character and circumstances of the topic so you possibly can play into these concepts in your portray. On this case, it’s noon with a blue sky and some clouds. I performed into this by utilizing onerous edges, extra detailed brushwork, and sharp colour distinction. If, however, it was an overcast and wet day, I’d use softer edges and distinction.

Progress Pictures

Step 1: Sketch the most important shapes and features.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Red Flowers, Blue Sky, 2022 WIP 1

Step 2: Block within the normal colours and shapes. I used paper towel to elevate extra paint from the floor. I discover the floor turns into much less attentive to my strokes as paint builds up.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Red Flowers, Blue Sky, 2022 WIP 2

Step 3: Consolidate the bushes, leaves, flowers, fence, and floor. I used extra texture and visual brushwork for the leaves and flowers capturing up excessive of the fence, as that is the point of interest of the portray.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Red Flowers, Blue Sky, 2022 WIP 3

Step 4: Add element and texture to the grass. Discover my upward brushwork that performs into the thought of fresh-cut grass.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Red Flowers, Blue Sky, 2022 WIP 4

Step 5: Work on the sky, add stronger shadows to the fence, and end off the highway and path with a number of palette knife strokes.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Red Flowers, Blue Sky, 2022 WIP 5

Step 6: Make a number of changes right here and there, then signal and {photograph} the completed portray.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Purple Flowers, Blue Sky, 2022

Thanks for Studying!

I recognize you taking the time to learn this put up and I hope you discovered it useful. Be happy to share it with mates. If you wish to be taught extra, ensure to take a look at my ​Panorama Portray Masterclass​. Enrollment is open for the following week.

Joyful portray!

Dan Scott

Draw Paint Academy