How I Painted Gumdale, Purple Flowers, Blue Sky

(My “On the Easel” posts offer you a behind-the-scenes take a look at what I’m engaged on, what went nicely, what went improper, and issues I study.)

Let’s check out how I painted Gumdale, Purple Flowers, Blue Sky. I run previous this spot nearly each day. On this specific event, every part was excellent. The solar, the colours, composition, clouds, flowers… every part. It was a type of double-take moments the place I needed to backtrack and take just a few photographs to color within the studio.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Purple Flowers, Blue Sky

Reference Picture

Under is the reference picture I painted from. Be happy to color it your self.

You may obtain a high-resolution model of the picture right here.


Right here’s what I used:

  • Oil on Ambersand gessoboard, 9 by 12 inches.
  • Important colours: Ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cadmium pink, magenta, cadmium yellow, cadmium yellow mild, viridian inexperienced, and titanium white.

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Notes and Classes Discovered

  • I didn’t have massive plans for this portray. It was actually simply to get me out of a artistic rut and to get some concepts and inspiration flowing.

Tip: The easiest way to interrupt out of a artistic rut is to color one thing, something. This may result in extra exercise and inspiration. No matter you do, don’t let your easel lay dormant for too lengthy, or procrastination would possibly get the higher of you.

  • I painted not lengthy after taking the reference picture, while my first impressions had been nonetheless contemporary in my head. After I paint from reference photographs like this, I exploit the picture as a common information and rely extra on my recollections and impressions of the topic.
  • The reference picture doesn’t do the scene justice. The colours had been a lot richer and brighter in individual.
  • A key function of the portray is the placing distinction between the pink flowers and the inexperienced grass and leaves. Purple and inexperienced are complementary colours, that means they’re on opposing sides of the colour wheel and have a pure distinction. The blue sky is weaker in saturation and performs extra of a help function within the portray.
  • I took the picture at noon when the solar was shiny and excessive within the sky. Below the noon solar, there tends to be a pointy distinction between mild and darkish, exhausting edges, and excessive readability.

Tip: It’s necessary to grasp the character and situations of the topic so you’ll be able to play into these concepts in your portray. On this case, it’s noon with a blue sky and some clouds. I performed into this through the use of exhausting edges, extra detailed brushwork, and sharp coloration distinction. If, however, it was an overcast and wet day, I’d use softer edges and distinction.

Progress Photographs

Step 1: Sketch the most important shapes and contours.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Red Flowers, Blue Sky, 2022 WIP 1

Step 2: Block within the common colours and shapes. I used paper towel to raise extra paint from the floor. I discover the floor turns into much less conscious of my strokes as paint builds up.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Red Flowers, Blue Sky, 2022 WIP 2

Step 3: Consolidate the timber, leaves, flowers, fence, and floor. I used extra texture and visual brushwork for the leaves and flowers taking pictures up excessive of the fence, as that is the point of interest of the portray.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Red Flowers, Blue Sky, 2022 WIP 3

Step 4: Add element and texture to the grass. Discover my upward brushwork that performs into the concept of fresh-cut grass.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Red Flowers, Blue Sky, 2022 WIP 4

Step 5: Work on the sky, add stronger shadows to the fence, and end off the highway and path with just a few palette knife strokes.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Red Flowers, Blue Sky, 2022 WIP 5

Step 6: Make just a few changes right here and there, then signal and {photograph} the completed portray.

Dan Scott, Gumdale, Purple Flowers, Blue Sky, 2022

Thanks for Studying!

I respect you taking the time to learn this put up and I hope you discovered it useful. Be happy to share it with pals. If you wish to study extra, make certain to take a look at my ​Panorama Portray Masterclass​. Enrollment is open for the following week.

Blissful portray!

Dan Scott

Draw Paint Academy