Monday, April 16, 2018

Art Journal Update: Tulip Study

Tulip Study: Final  Painting
Greetings Creatives! April has been a busy month, but I'm here today to start a series on floral studies. Sometimes I feel like I say the same thing over and over again, but there truly is no substitute for having a live flower in front of you while you paint. Being able to twist and turn the subject helps build depth and character. My journey is spelled out below.

Step 1: Buy some gorgeous tulips!
As I was preparing to have family over to celebrate Easter, I stopped by the floral department at the grocery store. There I found the most gorgeous bouquets of tulips, and I could not resist. Not only did they make a fantastic centerpiece...they served as inspiration for several days of sketching, painting, and study!

Step 2: Sketch
I started by sketching one of the flowers. It helped me see how the leaves were attached to the stem, how the petals folded over one another, the thickness of the stem, and all of the delicate contours. It also helped me focus on where and how the light was casting shadows.

Step 3: Sketch & Paint
Next, I did a quick sketch of the flowers, catching their drooping action as they soaked up the water and their petals became heavier and heavier. While I captured the details, the painting felt like I was simply coloring.

Step 4: Try that again, free hand
Next, I tried again using my brush as the sketching tool as well as the coloring tool. I used wet-in-wet bleeds to sharpen the edges of the petals and get some depth in the leaves and stems. But, I still wasn't satisfied.

Final Step: Study one flower up close and personal...again
Taking what I learned from steps 3 and 4, I decided to try again. I lightly sketched this gorgeous yellow tulip and carefully built up color and layers to achieve contrast. I worked in several wet-in-wet areas and other areas I used wet on dry to achieve depth. Patience and perseverance and the willingness to start over again is helping me greatly. I hope this encourages you to step back and start again!

As always, thanks for stopping by! And if you have a moment, please leave a comment...I'd love to know your artistic process!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

#100 Days of Artistic Florals 2018

Day 1/100 #100daysofartisticflorals @caboney1
Greetings Creatives! It's Day 1 of The100DayProject on Instagram. This is a unique global challenge that is open to anyone. The fun begins today, April 3rd, and runs through July 11th.
Official Website of #The100dayproject
The best part is you decide what your artistic goal will be, post your progress to Instagram along with a personalized hashtag, and watch your artistic abilities grow!! Below are a few posts from my first ten days last year. I hope you can see a little improvement from then until today!

While I would love to stay and chat, it's time for me to dash off to work! If you're on Instagram, I'd love it if you would either follow me @caboney1 or my hashtag #100daysofartisticflorals. Also, if you are joining the challenge, please let me know in the comment section below and leave your Insta name or 100-day hashtag, and I'll follow you back! Until the next update...paint your heart out!