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Here are some finds from a local second hand store, I thought that they would make an interesting set up and I love the colours too. I thought it needed a touch of yellow when I thought I was finished, hence the addition of the flowers.
This painting I am actually posting the day I have painted it, I have been a day behind all week. Here's another attempt to get looser, but try as I might it is not my natural way of painting and I am always going back in and correcting stuff. The other problem I have is getting the shadows dark enough, I just don't see the tone properly, anybody know how to get around this problem?
These pretty wild flowers were growing on a piece of waste land where I chuck the ball for my dog in the afternoons. I was wondering what I was going to paint today and they looked so bright and cheerful I picked a bunch of them. The little white daisy got plucked up with them so she got the supporting role. It was a hard one to paint wet into wet as yellow is quite a weak colour and I find it hard to find the right colour to use for the shading.
Today I have gone for a realistic approach, this is my 100th daily painting ( this is not including the posting of older paintings, when I couldn't get it together!) I can see the enormous improvement I have achieved, looking back at some of the earlier posts. I am always discovering new techniques and better ways of doing things and I probably won't stop learning until I pop my clogs!
I have n't posted anything since last week because I have been painting four commissions and also the walls in my apartment! So I started back today with a fresh set of boards to work on and I couldn't paint.. I kept wiping out my attempts ( I think I was setting up way too complicated arrangements) and then I remembered this photo I had taken of an old door on an equally old house that had been patched many times and was painted this lovely blue. So hey presto off I went and this is the resulting painting.
Here is another olive tree, old and gnarled like so many around here. The olive oil is wonderful here and if you have your own trees you can take your harvest to the local municipal press and get them pressed, but you have to have a certain amount. I think it is a lot of work picking them.