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Loosen Up!

April 15, 2019

 

Painting on location in Botanic Gardens is a time to have fun, loosen up, and compose with rich and dramatic colors.  This is a painting I did as a demonstration last year at one of my Summer Weekend Workshops in Botanic Gardens.  I deliberately choose a different way of starting a painting from time to time so that my paintings don't look like formula paintings.  This time I started with the large orange flower, placed it where I wanted in the composition then painted it with different shades of orange.  Next I surrounded it with rich darks of blue and blue green so that it would stand out even more.  As I moved beyond the main flower I painted looser and looser with dripping paint, visible brush strokes, and bits of white paper.  I worked with a modified complimentary color scheme of blue and orange with a couple other colors used sparingly as accents.  In this painting the accent colors are cobalt violet and red.  The further I moved from the big orange flower the looser I painted and some of the smaller flowers are simply marks of color surrounded by darker colors.  A few tips on loosening up your paintings:  Don't go back and "correct."  Work on getting the color, value, and color temperature right the first time.  Use a bigger brush with a good point, I did this painting with a #8 round.  Little brushes can result in fussy, overworked paintings.  Before you make a paint stroke, decide if you want a hard or soft edge.  If you want a soft edge do it while the paint is still damp, don't wait for the paint to dry.  My first Weekend Painting in Botanic Gardens Workshop is May 3, 4 & 5 and you can sign up for 1, 2, or 3 days.  I guarantee it will be fun and educational so if you are interested or want more information send me an email  to pendletonstudio@gmail.com.  You can also get information about this Workshop on my website dennispendleton.com under classes and workshops.   Happy Painting!  Dennis

 

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