Thursday, July 02, 2015

3 woodland iris

oil on panel

I'm not going to lie, this was a hard painting for me.
Sometimes using a knife is just hard!

It's so much easier to use a brush to "smoosh" 
the colors together and blend them on canvas.
With a knife, you have to pick up paint in just the right way,
lay it down and leave it there. Less room for play.
If you start trying to mix things around, colors get muddy fast.

I do love the way this painting turned out.
I wanted to convey the softness of th eiris with the
hardness of the post behind it.
The background is mostly loose gravel and rocks and a few iris leaves.


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