Last week at the flower market, I found some beautiful cut amaryllis, which were headed for my dining room table. The flowers took a petite detour into my studio, where I wanted to do a quick study, aiming to keep it loose and fresh. Below are some photos I took during the painting session, from about 1 - 5 p.m.
Start - I did a pretty strong sketch in paint,
to help me figure out the flower shapes
Moving forward, and then...
Backing up -- i.e. wiping off (!) flowers on the left side,
which were getting over-complicated and murky
Re-stating, just before I stopped for the day
Touch-ups galore were done the next day... i.e., I changed the background a bit, tried to soften the strong X in the middle formed by the crossing stems, adjusted highlights, etc. and my quick study ended up being less than quick. Meanwhile, as I look at the finished painting below and the close-up above, I like that cropped image better!
Oh well, there's always next year, and other paintings to be created : ) Have a very Merry Christmas!
Fresh Start, 20 x 30