Orange and Blue, Potted Begonia

Orange and Blue, Potted Begonia, 12x16", oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith
Orange and Blue, Potted Begonia, 12x16", oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

I had the best time painting this one. Hands down….the most fun I’ve had the easel in a long time!  I’m not sure what it was about this set up.  Perhaps  it made me think about spring.  Winter can get a little long here in Minnesota. Or maybe it was the blue and orange color combination;  it is one of my favorites.

What ever the reason, I am quite pleased with how this painting came out.  At 12×16″ it no small amount of canvas to cover in one afternoon.

I started this painting by toning my Raymar linen panel with transparent red oxide oil painting.  I switched to a large bristle brush and loaded it with a thinned mixture of ultramarine blue and alizarin crimson, and used that to draw out the set-up on the canvas.  From there, I moved into the darks and painted them in with the same mixture.

Orange and Blue, Potted Begonia

Orange and Blue, Potted Begonia

Orange a nd Blue, Potted Begonia, 12x16", oil on panel by Jeffrey SmithOrange a nd Blue, Potted Begonia, 12x16", oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith
Orange a nd Blue, Potted Begonia, 12x16", oil on panel by Jeffrey SmithOrange a nd Blue, Potted Begonia, 12x16", oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith