Up front, I use Pixabay frequently for their fine, royalty-free photos, whether as inspiration, or as an image to be painted. Here, I used an image of a loch (found under the search term “loch” – how clever!). I loved the vantage point and tried to catch it.
Here, the sense of being up above the rest of the world, in a field of flowers, on a beautiful day, is so well done in this photo, I just had to be there myself. Scotland is one of those countries that is mystical and magical, and views like this only touch the tip of its beauty.
The daisies were especially challenging – so bright and white! Negative painting and thin washes hopefully express them fairly well. The DOF was another challenge, and it is a natural tendency to not leave well enough alone . . .
Yesterday’s tulips were accompanied by red and yellow flowers, some negative painting, and color combining. I used reds and yellows (which ones, I forget) and some Pyrrol Orange to make the flowers. Thinking of black-eyed Susans, I used black for the flowers’ centers on the daisy-like ones. What are the red ones? Good question!
What I did here was try to work from large masses of color to details, top to bottom, and having things dry to a certain point before adding more color unless I wanted them to bleed. White space, too, was thought about. Near and far, even with a rather shallow depth of field, was pondered, and the idea was to use cold colors – such a cold yellow or green – to make something recede – and warm colors to bring things forward. Light and dark were also used in an attempt to achieve this effect.