Blue Poppy Painting Phase #7


The brown and sienna dots along the edges have been covered with various shades of green, I like the look, it feels more comfortable.  The poppy center is quickly roughed in, mainly to establish color and value to help me finish work on the flower petals.  That will be next.  The painting is about the petals, and they are so incomplete that I’m not sure right now if I can get them to “read” soft and fragile.  It seems a daunting task at the moment.  Right now they look stiff and heavy, like cardboard cut-outs.  I’ve got a lot of work to do, careful and subtle.   Very slight value changes, nothing drastic or hard.  The thin veins and tiny details will be left for the very, very last.  I must get the structure right first, like framing a house.   If the “bones” of the painting are correct, the rest will flow with ease.  We are looking at a lot of broken bones at the moment.

More tomorrow,

Gail Niebrugge, flower artist

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