|'A Sea of Lace' 16x20 oil on canvas ©Karen Margulis available here $320|
|mini demo of an oil painting on canvas (16x20)|
- (from top left) The first thing I do is mix some red and yellow and make it soupy with some gamsol. I establish the basic shapes of the flower heads with some reds, oranges and purples. Then I make a very wet light orange for the sky and let it drip into the flowers. I let this dry so that the drips and spiderwebs appear. (it was dry in about an hour)
- Using loose paint but not as drippy as my underpainting, I start to build up the flowers with salmon and yellows.
- I mix up some purples and blues to establish shadows and distant flowers. I also put in the sky with a pale pink-purple. I work the sky down into the flowers.
- Now it is time to put in some greens. I start with the darkest greens. For the lighter greens I use thin paint and let it drip. I don't want to completely cover the cool spiderwebs of the underpainting so I am keeping the paint thin.
- Next I am ready to put in thicker paint on the flowers. I am using peaches, salmons,purples and blues ans well as thicker greens.
- It is now just a matter of building up the flowers with thicker paint. I use a palette knife to get some sharp edges and petals. I also splattered some greens in the foliage for texture.