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Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Peony...4th of 6 Flemish layers

Couldn't wait to get started on this 'niggledly' painting. As I was told by Delmut , this is the most important layer...if you get this correct, the color layers sing!


End of 3rd layer...burnt umber underlayer
With one messy finger on the instructions and the other mixing colors, I made the 7 'grey' colors for the 'dead layer'. Hit a bump with the scraping, tho. Smeared an onion over the surface, linseed oiled it, buffed it, and then ra-ta-ta-ta...put a razor blade on it to get any brush hairs or rough areas. Too hard, and ended up getting some pigment. Oops. Forged on.
Match grey color to values on the umber...slowly and carefully. 

Darkest areas first. Leaving some of the umber showing between strokes so you can tell where you are.
Here, I am still on the background.

Background corrected (another brush to remove excess paint) and blended smooth.

Flower blocked in with grey values
Then correcting, and blending. I took my time, and realized I did not want to blow it now.
THEN, worked on edges, pushing the background in and pulling some strokes out to make a more interesting shape

FINI! 
Tomorrow I work at Poor Richard's Art (one of my 2 days for the month), so won't get to work on my 'lil French girls' until saturday. This one will have plenty of time to dry...and then the first colors!

13 comments:

Erika Nelson said...

Dead layer looks alive already! But it looks like you broke your 3 column! Ah well, I know you'll fix it in no time at all! Have fun at PRA! Too bad I can't just run over there and surprise you! ox

lindapicken said...

Ah is there a reason for the smiley face on the peony? he he

Durinda Cheek said...

Love following your work on these, Vick. I am taking a week with David Leffel and just got his supply list- OHHH the darks! Not something a plein air painter is used to!

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Interesting process; thanks for sharing! It turned out well.

vickiandrandyrossart said...

CD, the 3 column is working on my computer...is your window too small? wish you could come entertain me. and wish I could be home working on stage 5.

Linda: good eye! had to go back and see it!

Durinda...DAVID LEFFEL! I wanna go! where and when and how much!!!!

Diana: stay tuned for the other stages...

Erika Nelson said...

Oh I guess I had the fonts enlarged so it threw off the format. But I tend to do that with blog reading because my eyes are bad and I didn't have problem before.

Dianne Mize said...

I've been trying for an hour to get around to posting a comment, but I clicked on your link to Delmus, got interested in following him around, then came back and started watching your videos and FINALLY, here I am--just to say "what fun".

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Diane, I'm smiling. Delmus has been coaching since I referenced him on my blog. If I wasn't such a promoter, I'd just let everyone think I figured all this out on my own!

I am all about fun. Am driven to maximize my painting abilities...and for me, that involves researching and trying new things.

vickiandrandyrossart said...

OH, had a friend over tonight who said she'd break my painting arm if I touched the peony! I can't wait to put the color layers on, tho.

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello
I have just located you through different strokes and admire your work very much.
I cannot find a follow on or subscribe so I am not sure how I can keep upto date with your work.
I shall just have to try really hard.
Thank you for letting me see your work.
Regards
Trevor

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Welcome, Trevor! If you look at the very top of the left hand column, there is a space to enter your email address...and then you'll get notice every time I blog!
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Theresa Rankin said...

The peony is yummy!!! Wonderful job!

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Thanks Theresa...Tim (Tyler) dropped by the other night. This painting was on a small easel and his eyes went straight for it when he entered the room. Good sign, I think.