Monday, July 29, 2013

Hydrangeas in Cobalt Vase

Hydrangeas in Cobalt Vase, Oil on Board, 12"x12"

Note, when working on board in order to glaze and get highly detailed, refined results, things are great.  When working in a fast and loose manner, not so much.  You can see this in the ground I applied today.  Since there is no tooth to the board, colors that are transparent by nature slip, slide and don't cover.  This, of course, is exactly what I usually want.  But in this case of working more expressively, it slows progress.  I will have to apply the ground at least once, maybe twice more.  It's interesting to study a photograph of the painting.  Things pop that I don't always see looking at the original.  For example, the left upper edge area of the vase needs to have some of the petals overlap more so that it is clear that some petals are seen through the vase and some are in front of the vase.  Having fun with this one.