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!
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!