First painting (Sat 14 Jan 2006)
The flowers have been around for 4 days. Of the seven flowers, one disintegrated and the other one was limp. So I was left with this arrangment from the original in the photo in the previous post. When I started, I did what I have been taught - did a wash with a mix of alizarin and cadmium red. The wash dried pretty fast and then I did an outline of the flowers and the vase using less turpentine. Once the outline was established I laid the distintive colours on each of the main flowers and varied the otnes to give them some body. I started from the top of the canvas and did not really bother if I was able to include everything and when I found that the bottom of the vase was cut off, I did not fret over it as I thought it was more important to have the flowers stand out. I spent a whole Saturday afternoon painting.
4th Painting (Fri 19 Jan 2005)
Painting was done in the night again. By this time, only the white flowers were left and I decided to paint the laquer tray (ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow and cadmium red and black) to prevent more meddling with the flowers. I decided to finish up on the vase. Am quite happy with the way the vase turned out after devoting a whole night to it.
The finale - yet to come!