Monday, June 2, 2008

"Mother's Day" - Step by Step

This is a painting I did on Mother’s Day, of one of the daffodils that we grew in our yard.


This painting was done in a more “direct” approach, meaning that instead of starting with a burnt umber under-painting, I “drew in” the image with color, to achieve a more spontaneous result. At this stage, I was mostly just thinking about blocking in the basic shapes, but I was also thinking about the “big form modeling” as well. This means describing the larger, overall forms, such as the cylindrical nature of the vase.


I wanted to preserve a lot of the initial brushwork that had come out of the first session, so I primarily focused on the smaller details of the vase at this stage. First, I solidified it, by sharpening up the rim. I also refined the “big form modeling” of the vase, adding highlights, and making sure the edges feel as though they are wrapping around the form. When I first added the calligraphy on the vase it was much too tight in comparison with the looseness of the daffodil. I wanted to keep the painting loose, but accurate, so I went in and softened some of the edges until I was satisfied with the result.


Although I liked the looseness and transparency of the background up to this point, I decided that it was a bit too distracting, so I darkened the edges of the painting first, to frame it, then carried the paint inwards around the daffodil. I felt this did a better job of framing the daffodil and helped it to stand out from the background.

"Mother's Day," oil on panel, 6 x 4 inches, 2008


MOLLY-POP said...

your art is stunning

Kristy Gordon said...

Thanks Molly!

Suzanne Marsden said...

Kristy--love the art blog and the fascinating step-by-step of your method(s) :-D Keep it up!
Beautiful, inspiring work, as always ;-)

ncross said...

Very enlightening!

What are you going to do for Father's Day (June 15)?

Kristy Gordon said...

Thanks Sue and Nick!! hehehe, and yeah, I was kinda starting to wonder when exactly Father's Day is:)

Hobo Divine said...

What a lucky Mum!

Lauren Andersson said...

hey kristy,
welcome to blogland! its really nice to see your painting process :) thnx for sharing it.

Kristy Gordon said...

Eee, thanks Jamie and Lauren!


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