Ok folks it is that time again..... You may have noticed in one of my previous blogs, 'A Special Mention To My Friends and Family', a couple of paintings that I had just finished. Well today I will talk about one of them, 'White Blossom Tree'.
There is a story behind this. My father saw a photo that had a blossom tree with a field of yellow flowers in the distance and dandelions around the tree. Well I thought I would paint something similar, but with a different background and different flowers in the foreground. I painted a smaller version of this using watercolours ( you can see the painting on the right). However I decided to paint the blossom pink because I thought it would look better.
Right, so here are the different stages of the painting. First I painted the sky using different shades of blue with a hint of a pink haze at the bottom. You can see this above and right. Oh if you are wondering why the gloves, I am a messy painter and my hands do not like it.... :).
Next I decided to paint a line of trees with a hill and a field of yellow flowers in front, very pretty. You can see two versions of the next part of the painting. On the right and the one below. That is me there trying to hold as many things as possible at one time. My pallette is a lid belonging to a famous chocolate brand. Sorry I do not do free advertising :P
I then covered the tree with blossom. I started with a blue grey for the shadows then a lighter blue and finally white with a hint of pink in some areas, as you can see from the picture below.
Finally it was time to put the flowers into the foreground on the grass. I really wanted them to stand out so again I painted using a darker mix of yellow ochre and burnt umber for the shadow. I worked up gradually to a bright yellow where the light was hitting the flowers, as you can see below.
This turned out to be one of my dad's favourite paintings. He loved the simplicity of it. So he suggested that I should do a similar version, but on a larger scale. Being the obedient daughter even though he asked a year ago, I painted it without him knowing.
After that I went on to paint the mountains way, way, way in the distance, with mist at the base, as you can see on the left. Bye the way I made a special effort to look smart, I put a colourful head scarf on my head and makeup, but I decided not to show my face.... sorry..... a bit camera shy.
After that came the skeleton of the tree. I was very excited at this point. Now before I forget, this painting is a mixed media painting i.e. I used acrylics for the base and then did the fine work using oil paints to give it more depth. So as you can see below the tree looked quite bare.
I have to say many layers of paint has been used to get the perfect result in this painting. I had to wait for the paint to dry before adding another layer. Oil paints are lovely to look at but take time to dry. Here below is a close up of the bark. I put this in because I thought it looked quite lovely in its own right.
Anyway the hard work and patience paid off. Here is the end result I hope you like it, if you do please leave a comment, or ask questions. I will do my best to answer them.
By the way my dad loves it and cannot stop looking at it..... SUCCESS!
So that is it for today, another blog over. Take care.
Love and Peace