"Oh Glorious"

It all started with the purchase of a bouquet of sunflowers.
I knew if anything was going to entice me to paint again after a long absence, it would be the GLORIOUS Sunflower!

I prepped a 24 x 24 canvas with watered down magenta and yellow-medium acrylic. A paper towel took off the excess paint.

The first marks were with willow charcoal which I find pretty messy, so I switched to diluted turquoise paint for redefinition.

It isn't unusual for me to start a painting with acrylic, setting in composition and some basic color.  Artist grade acrylics are fabulous and have wonderful color properties...and I can quickly change my mind as there is little drying time.

Pretty messy at this point, and time to re-correct drawing and
begin laying in thinned oil in corresponding colors.

I paint with large flats and occasional filberts/synthetic. Working the thick, viscous paint is sheer pleasure.
You will note the paint is "sliced" through, that is thanks to a credit card, palette knife, or small piece of hard rubber dicing up the paint, creating a softened effect.  
Now I should have left this painting about here, just finishing up the vase....but I left the painting for a week or two...then couldn't make up my mind what I wanted to do...meanwhile my Bell glass jar with water and flowers had ceased to be and I had no photo as reference.

Oops didn't realize how blurry this photo was, sorry, it isn't your eyes.  Anyway, I did an about face in all directions: gone-- water/vase, no soft side flowers, and clouds of swirling background. 
Eventually I became weary of this painting, sent a photo to Tam, my best critic ever, and expected to call it quits.
Uhhhhh, not quite the response expected.  Tam gave me some suggestions and I took it to heart.  She is pretty persuasive.
(By now I am not photographing my steps, as I was pretty much not enjoying the process like I had at the beginning.)

I think you would agree with me...this is far from my original design when I worked from life and ended up painting in the imaginary part of my brain.
From soft to stylized....
One thing I have learned: there are ever so many ways to paint a subject. None of which is correct or incorrect, but rather that you are pleased with the final result.  This painting, in particular the color has grown on me.

"Oh, Glorious" is happily framed and hanging in the RiverView Gallery.  410-939-6401


  1. I really enjoyed seeing your process, Sharon. I didn't realize you could use acrylics and oils on the same canvas. (Watercolor is my own medium when I paint, which is seldom these days.) I admit I liked the intermediate stage when you still had the stems in the glass vase - that softness appeals to me. But I love the final painting It has a rather Van Gogh-esque feeling to it.

  2. I am in awe...beautiful results!! Thanks so much for sharing your progress - it's fascinating to see how the painting evolves.

  3. I am always completely amazed by watching one of your paintings emerge from all the different steps. It is fascinating to me how your original vision can change so much. Thank you for sharing your process. Love the final result.

  4. Oh MY Gosh! I absolutely loved that first version. So loose. I never could paint like that back when I painted. Maybe now that I'm 'old' I should try. Just gorgeous! Thanks for visiting my blog. I'll be signing up for yours. Great inspiration.


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