This was a very fun painting to do; it reminded us very much of a Monet for its impressionistic qualities. As we were working in watercolour, the adages “work fast and loose”, “don’t think, paint”, and “get in and get out” were our guides.
Graphite pencil on Arches. Notably, I forgot to erase the grid marks, and painted over them, making the impossible to remove later.
The original’s background was much lighter, but for some reason I felt it wanted to go dark. This is a mixture of sap green and french ultramarine, mixed in palette and on paper.
The underpainting for the tablecloth done in very, very pale rose madder genuine.
Painting in the blossoms; in the original, there’s an apple on the lower left side, I decided to change it for another peonie blossom.
I can’t tell if these are actually peonies or not, I just started plopping paint in, with plain water to draw the pigment across the petals.
Rose madder genuine, cobalt blue, and new gamboge.
The blossoms are all done. Rose madder genuine, cobalt blue, cobalt blue violet, aureolin, new gamboge. Again, these might or might not be peonies.
Coming back on Wednesday, I put in the stems from the flowers into the glass vase, as well as the stems of the blossoms on the table. Sap green, french ultramarine, and a little quin burnt orange.
Really the final addition, adding shadows to ground things. Palette mixture of cobalt blue violet and rose madder genuine, with some paint streaked in while wet. Dry brush of the same mixture on the tablecloth as well to give it some texture.
From conception to finish, about 3 hours, which is pretty fast for me, including thumbnails, sketches, paint mixing & testing, and drying time.
Signed “After Gregory Packard”. Remember, folks, this is a copy, this is not my original work, just learning from another artist.
- Winsor Newton rose madder genuine
- Daniel Smith cobalt blue
- Daniel Smith cobalt blue violet
- Winsor Newton sap green
- Winsor Newton french ultramarine
- Winsor Newton new gamboge
- Winsor Newton aureolin (cobalt yellow)
- Daniel Smith quinacrodone burnt orange
- Dreamcatcher #10 round
- Dreamcatcher #4 round
- Arches Aquarelle, 140 pound cold press, 9×12 block