Peonies and Pewter Vase
I think peonies are one of the greatest things about spring. Every year, I look forward to painting these big, beautiful flowers. The painting above is my first of the season. I moved into a new house in February. The cool thing, has been watching the gardens as plants are comingup. You can imagine my delight when I discovered that we have 7 peony bushes right in our own backyard. I guarantee that I will be out back with my pochade box and paints in hands during the coming weeks.
I started this floral painting, by toning the homemade painting panel with transparent red oxide. I then built up the paint surface using only the other transparent pigments on my palette; alizarine crimson, Prussian green, and ultramarine blue. Once the shadows where layed in, I added back the opaque pigments to my palette of colors to work the middle tone and light areas.