Portrait, Acrylic on paper, directly from observation and A3
Drawing flowers and painting flowers are very different experiences for me. It has been through this painting, I have allowed myself a greater freedom with my painting, in comparison to my drawing. I enjoyed expressing what I was seeing, as well as celebrating the colours.
I spent some time piecing together the flowers to create lines, hues and contrasts that I felt to be aesthetically pleasing.
I love including flowers in a still life after discovering and becoming very fascinated by vanitas paintings. I appreciate the privilege of capturing the essence of a life within time. I would like to spend some time expressing the same flowers once they have dies. Maybe for my assignment? Similar to artists such as Damian Hurst or other artists who display decaying animals.
My basic composition studies allowed me to experiment with how I was going to create depth, as the piece of cloth, under my subject, took away the linear perspective. With a little experimentation, I added the change of tone from the table, I created a greater depth. I used a tertiary colour for the cloth, as well as my purple wall as a background, in order to enhance the yellow Hues of the main flowers. Using my ever growing knowledge of colour, I brareought out the vibrancy of the yellow with it’s complementary colour. The richness of the yellow was really confronted.
I have to say that I enjoyed investigating the vase with many different tones and really experimenting with different greens, etc and the way that I could bring depth and character.
Through doing this exercise with a limited pallet when it came to the subject, in terms of my choice of colours, I was able to show myself how vital changes in tonal values express light sources.
I blocked out the areas of colour before adding lines and tonal ranges, some areas when the paint beneath was dry, where others wet. For the white flowers with flecks of green outlining it’s petals I used dabs of the larger, thinner brush ends.
I decided not to work on top of the background colour to release the freedom in the paints flow.