I was asked to paint a 6" X 8" painting for the 20th anniversary of the
. They're having a show called Postcards of
Fairhaven. I thought it would be fun to show you the steps I took. Lucia Douglas Gallery
First I used a gesso that I had added a green to. I coated and sanded the canvas twice. Then I transferred my sketch to the canvas.
Then I painted the background.
I then painted the vase,
and added the bright white high lights.
Next I started on the Flowers.
Sometimes I paint in all the colors and just keep layering, but this time I painted each flower separately.
When I work on each flower I use many colors I look at each flower carefully and when I want to use shadows I try to use the colors compliment.
|Flower Bouquet by LaVera|
When I feel like I'm done with a painting I set it in my kitchen and look at it for several days. This process helps me see what I've missed and what needs to be changed. I never sign my painting until I feel done.