My work table currently has a garden painting on it waiting for me to finish it. It’s close to being finished but you know what they say about close. I tell my son this all the time. Close doesn’t count except for in hand grenades and horseshoes. He hates it when I say that.
So, I thought I’d show you my process photos that I took. It’s rare now that I even remember to take photos. Social media has got us scrambling to create video now for everything. Sigh. A necessary evil. I guess I shouldn’t complain, it’s how I sell most of my art… social media that is.
I’ll start with my work table. When I paint small paintings like this 10″x8″, I usually work on my table instead of my painting wall. Plus, this is a canvas board, so there’s nothing to hang it with just yet.
First, I roughly sketched out my design on the board. I’m going to paint some bedding plants that I bought from Hastings Plants as they sat waiting for me to plant them.
Then, I blocked in the purple walls. Yes, I actually have purple walls in Studio Gardens! I love purple and it makes a fun backdrop for my flowers.
Next, I added in window reflections and dirt as the background for the flowers. I’m a messy gardener.
Trying to paint quickly, I painted the green leaves. Painting quickly is not something I’m good at. I am working on that, though. Unfortunately, I putz around too much and then my paintings end up looking too tight. At least to me. There’s always room for improvement and I’ve got miles and miles of room to improve.
Now the fun part, the colorful flowers.
And that’s where the garden painting has been left. Like I said, it’s waiting for me to finish it. Really, all I need to do is add a few more leaves and details then hit it with some more highlights. This week we’re supposed to have another heat wave, so it has a good chance of being finished during that.
Last week we came home from a vacation in West Virginia and I’ll share more about that later.
I have painted another painting since this one called Big Sky. It’s actually for my first public group painting class I’ll be teaching that is happening in Grayville, Illinois on June 28th at Groff Library. I’m pretty excited about it and will post more this week about it. I need to find out if there’s any spots left open, last I checked I had 7 or 8 signed up already!
This garden painting is probably going to be framed up when finished and will be part of a gallery group show I have in September. Once again, I’ll share more on that soon.
Have a great week. I’ll be back soon! – Jaime
Learn more about me on the ‘About’ page under the additional links menu. I’m an artist – a painter mostly and an avid gardener. I paint a variety of subjects including birds, koi fish, my gardens, ponds and flowers as well as anything having to do with nature especially trees and tropical scenes. I also enjoy painting abstracts and have started created more and more of them. My most favorite thing to try to achieve in my painting is is mystery and telling mystical stories.
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