Saturday, April 2, 2011

Pansy Peepers, Step by Step Oil Painting

Pansy Peepers by Nancy Medina
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Pansy Peepers is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, after a very nice Saturday visiting with mom out at the farm. There was an exciting moment when we thought we had spotted another Pileated Woodpecker, but this fellow turned out to be a crow. The visit was not a loss, however, since I got a detailed run-down of mom's favorite recent Tivo programs, her choice for American Idol, and a delicious pepper jack sandwich with real mayo. I cannot imagine a better way to spend a Saturday, can you?

Tomorrow I'm hoping to make a trip to the nursery to acquire some lovelies. On the list - hanging pots of green ferns, geraniums ($1 each - holy cow!) and a few new colored pots for the container garden. The landscaping company will be here Thursday, so I'm hoping to have new hydrangea beds and stone walls in the back yard before the summer bloom season is cut short by the heat. So much fun stuff ahead, so little time!

Below is a step by step progression of how my pansies grew today. Enjoy!

Step one - key is always the transparent underpainting.

Gray is your friend! Without it, your colors will not pop.

When in doubt, raw umber. It has saved me many, many times!
Blended with the transparents, it gives lovely earth tones.

1 comment:

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Dear Aunt Nancy
Those Pansys... just make us want to welcome spring in with a big hug.
We would like those pansys sitting in a pot on our porch.
How beautiful!