Sugar Bowl Pansies by Nancy Medina
Oil on Panel
In an attempt to show a smidgen of self-discipline and restrain myself from painting my new red vase ad infinitum, I painted a white sugar bowl today. A dear friend asked how to make the whites and I thought you might like to hear a bit about my method, since I also happen to be infatuated with white flowers lately. I use a transparent yellow mixed with a transparent blue as my underpainting to create a dull, warm gray underpainting for the flower petals. Then I clean my brush very, very well. Next I use pure white to lay in the petal over the underpainting. The dull gray toned transparent background helps make the white pop. Kind of like wearing your red stilettos with your pink housecoat to get the mail. The neighbors will notice.
Put a little joy in your brush and join me for a flower painting workshop to hear more tips for making your flowers sing with color. The new year is just around the corner. What a great time to loosen your approach to painting and learn to fall in love with your easel again!
Sugar Bowl on the easel!