Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My first big painting in 5 years?

First stage

The first stage

The first stage completed

Second Stage, I added warmth to the background
Second Stage, added warmth all over

Stage 3 and 4, kept adding color.  Its always at this point that I get so caught up in the painting that I forget to take photos!  Maybe next time I'll remember.

I think I'm finished but I'm not sure.  I'll have to wait and see.

I was very excited to do a large painting because its been 5 years or so since I've done something really big!  Of course once I got started my excitement turned into disappointment!  I was fine with stages 1 and the beginning of stage 2 but then it was driving me crazy doing the end of stage 2.  I figured out a couple of reasons why, #1 I wasn't using enough paint.  I figured that out last night when I was looking at a tiny 4x4 painting that I had done.  I just didn't know why my little ones were so lush and the big one wasn't.  Duh!  I wasn't using enough paint!  I had forgotten how much paint a large painting takes.  I had a teacher tell me once that you should only do 3 strokes at the most before loading your paint brush again.  I can't say that I always adhere to that advice but it certainly solves the problem of not using enough paint!  #2 I am painting green flowers!  One thing about painting green really need to use colors other than green to make green.  I know it sounds crazy but green paint tends to make things look fake.  I think I'm pretty happy with the results but I will keep an eye on it to see if I change my mind.


  1. Way to go Amber! I especially love the brushwork and how you have shifts of warm and cool in both your background and flowers. I have experienced the same thing. It's hard to go big after working small for an extended amount of time.

  2. Thanks Polly! You wanna know why I did it? You inspire me! I saw those nice big paintings you've been doing and I wanted to do one too! Actually you inspired me to paint glass and flowers too! I work with flowers all day and it never occurred to me to paint cut flowers! To anybody out there reading've got to check out Polly's work its fantastic!

  3. Hey Amber, just came over to your blog and saw that you featured my painting!! Thank you, what a sweet surprise. I am delighted and honored that you were inspired by my work.