I've started another painting, but it's totally not what I expected it to be. The vermillion paint is going to take a while to arrive, so I think I'll have to postpone that painting until next year now. I've had lemon yellows in my head for a few days now, and just this morning It was an interesting soft pastel 50s yellow with white swirls, and that seemed like a good place to start with the background.
As usual however, the background I created was not really the abstract I'd seen in my mind, but something just as pleasing to my eye. I love aqua blues and lemony greens. I used spatulas instead of brushes to make the marks, as I'm tired of cleaning the bristles of big brushes! The spatulas were so satisfying to work with that I think I'm going to experiment with palette knives.
It helps me so much when the sun shines strong light on the subject, and intensifies the shade and shines through petals and leaves to give a glowing stained glass effect. The whole plant seems to radiate its essence then, and I am more easily assimilated into what I am painting. Likewise the heat seems to melt away blocks and boundaries, so it's just me and the paintbrush tracing the shapes in colour.
Unfortunately I have to have a break for a day, so I hope I'll be able to pick up where I left off. It's all a learning curve!