Thursday, August 20, 2009

Passion Flowers Progress...

Back in May, I was finishing my grapes paintings and trying to decide what to paint next. Passion Flowers were high up on the list, but I was afraid that after painting grapes- consisting mostly of greens and purples- I would be tired of that color combination.

I went ahead with this painting anyway, and as of now I'm almost done with all of the leaves! And not tired of it at all, since painting these leaves is a completely different process than the grape leaves, and the flowers will be a completely different way of painting, too.
I used this photo (I took the original photo at Nature's Paradise B&B on St. Lucia) as a basis for the composition, but changed a few things to make it a little more aesthetically pleasing. I also adjusted the composition with the idea that this painting can be hung either vertically or horizontally.

Here are pictures of the progress so far:

Background blocked in.

Background shading done (can't see it very well in this pic),
base coats of leaves started.

Detail added to some of the leaves and vines. woody vines finished.

More detail added to leaves,
some of the darker background leaves have been finished.

Progress as of midnight last night: Foreground leaves' basecoats complete, and shading added to the foreground leaves on upper left and lower right. Leaf on upper right corner needs just a couple more detail coats.

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Doris Sturm said...

I love passion flowers...these look a little different than the ones I had growing in California. The shape and color is almost identiacal, only they didn't have those long wiggly tandrils like these do. Do they smell relly nice? I saw some red ones, but they didn't have any odor and I was disappointed.

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Samantha G said...

Hi Doris! Thanks for the blog link, I'm following now!

I think the crazy curly tendrils look a little too difficult to paint, not only that, I just don't find them quite as aesthetically pleasing to look at. I'll just do the little straight tendrils that most of the flowers have. I'm also going to paint the pink-ish petals, instead of the ones here. I guess I'm making a lot of changes! I want to start the petals today, maybe I'll have more progress to report on later :)

IndieCEO / GalleriaLinda said...

I love seeing this progress steps with a painting. Very interesting!!