Wednesday, March 25, 2020

daffodils 7 (finished)


Calling it finished.
I was considering adding more leaves, but I was afraid I'd end up doing it too randomly and messing it up.
Maybe in a few days I'll know where a leaf or leaves are needed, and Iif so, I might add them.

Friday, March 20, 2020

daffodil 7: wip


I wonder if it was a mistake to make two of the daffodils pink? Too late now!
The plan is to get the flowers painted, then add some blades of leaves to tie it all together ...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

daffodils 6


The daffodils are still blooming!
Making some progress on the shadows, I think. The more successful ones here are light, transparent, palette grays.

Started working on a larger painting, 15x22. And decided to add some pink.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

daffodils 5


Trying to vary my approach a little, I painted this without drawing if first.
A pale yellow flower is a good one to try this with.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

daffodils 4


Another painting of daffodils.
Beginning to look at shadows; usually,  especially with daffodils an other basically cone-shaped flowers, I fixate on the shape.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

daffodils 3


More daffodils! Tried, this time, using a very watery triad--hansa, perm rose, and cerulean--in the petals to bring some variation.
I'm not sure this is done. Thinking of adding some leaves...

As it got dark last night, I noticed the lamplight was casting some dark shadows on the daffodils. So I thought I'd take another tack and start with the shadows. This is how far I got.
I can never decide on the color in the shadows! Is it a dark yellow? Bluish? Greenish? As I started to paint this I decided to stop trying to figure it out.

Sunday, March 08, 2020

daffodils 2


Daffodils: hard to get right (the yellows!) and hard to get wrong (the yellows!).

Thursday, March 05, 2020

first daffodils


The daffodils seem early this year, but I could be mistaken.
Daffodils are probably my favorite flower to paint, even though I struggle with yellows.
Maybe it's the shape, maybe it's the timing (spring!) ... I want to paint them everyday till they're done.

Monday, March 02, 2020

delaware bay


Another painting I found abandoned half-finished on a block.
I added a few touches-- the clouds, the wet sand, the distant greens--and can call it finished, I think.
I toyed with the idea of trying to unify the grass clumps with a wash, but sometimes, imho, "fixes" don't really help: I might have gained something, but I'd lose whatever freshness the greens there have ... and to me that's not a good trade.

Case in point: also found the painting below, which is pretty high key. Thought I might be able to finish it with some darks, but I couldn't pull it off. Kept adding not-strong-enough dabs and the washes got tired.

Sunday, March 01, 2020



Took some nice photos of the tops of palm trees while visiting my brother in Florida.
I like the photos because they have distinct light, dark and high-value shapes ... so I'm hoping if I paint them a couple of times maybe I'll be able to get a pleasing distillation.