Now that I have my reference material all composed, I am able to precede with my Pansy Tea painting.
I like to sketch out my outlines with thinned oils on a white ground. I feel it helps me to maintain a clarity and vibrancy of color.
I begin to block in a bit of color as I feel more confident about the way the drawing is going.
Since the bird is the primary subject, I wanted to concentrate on it first.
The next goal I had was to work the entire canvas (all twelve inches of it).
Here I’ve built up highlights, shadows and details.
I will continue along this path, adding glazes to tone down areas until I feel it has enough depth and presence. Speaking of presence, I see my little finch is looking more like a chubby chick! Taking pictures as you go along is a great way of seeing your work in a new way. Let’s see what I can do about that tomorrow!