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Bringing the outside in

California Poppy (6″ x 8″ oil on board)

I’ve been meaning to paint the California Poppies in my garden for weeks.  They are such cheerful things – opening up in the mornings to greet the sunshine and then closing up in the evening when it starts to get dark.  It’s been so hot though that I didn’t think I could manage to sit out there and paint them so I decided to pick just one flower, pop it in a tiny vase and retreat to the relative shade and cool of my kitchen to paint it there!

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The Red Buoy

The Red Buoy (daily painting) (6" x 6")

The Red Buoy (daily painting) (6″ x 6″)

One of the advantages of daily painting is the opportunity to experiment. I can try something new each time I paint.  Quite often I paint on a board that I have pre-tinted.  It helps to unify the image and means that I am not confronted at the outset with the terror of a white canvas!  I deliberately experimented here with painting on a board which I tinted a strong orange colour.  When it came to painting the trees and their reflections I did this by ‘negatively painting’ the sky/water around them.  I rather like the effect.  The trees are stylized and the orange and blue play off against each other. Fun!