Sunday, March 6, 2011

What's Up in the Studio- New Zinnia in Progress

Oh Zinnias, I just can't stop painting them- they always inspire me and here I am painting another!  I love these chartreuse ones paired with Black & Blue Salvia-I  just ADORE that color combination!  This painting is from a series of reference photos I took a couple of years ago for my "Green with Envy" painting but there were so many photos I wanted to use them again, here.

Much of this is just under painting, but you can get a basic idea of what it's going to look like:)  This canvas is the biggest I've ever worked with- it's 12" x 24" and a lot of the time, I work with it in my lap because my desk it just too small to accommodate two feet of canvas!
And I haven't added the ultramarine blue of the salvia yet- just their black throats, and again; under painting.....
Here's my reference; so you can see the blues

And here's the first painting I did from these photos:
 In this one, I changed the background from the turquoise that is my house, I really cannot remember now why, but I did and thus, struggled with it- first it was white, and then yellow (a brighter yellow)  and then gray and then white again until I finally laid in this soft yellow......for what ever reason, the background is usually the hardest part of any painting I do....weird, right?
This week, I had no time to do anything for Inspiration Avenue, but the emails have been pouring in all week from folks who did create something for the theme, "Celestial" -be sure to pop over there to see- as always, it's sure to be a gorgeous collection full of diversity and beauty!
For now, cheers!


Sherry Goodloe said...

Your paintings are just GORGEOUS - I love watching the process.

dthaase said...

Wow - this is incredible..zinnias are my favorite flower. So well captured.

Yvonne said...

Hi Stephanie, you've been creating pure gorgeousness again :)

Grannie Annie said...

Your paintng is exquisite Stephanie. How wonderful that you do hands on art...I really enjoyed looking at your lovely picture...keep up the fantastic work!

priti.lisa said...

This is fascinating to me, Stephanie. All of the under painting...thanks for sharing the journey. I love the size of this canvas...this will be a magnificent painting :)
Happy Sunday my friend, xox

Laura Haviland said...

Oh how beautiful Talented Stephanie,
Your painting is just lovely and colours I adore them.
Have a nice day. Hug Laura.xoxx

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Beautiful Stephanie!

Tammy said...

Hi Steph! I love your zinnias. I find all of their lovely layers fascinating too. I love the color combinations you are using. The under painting is such an intricate part of your paintings. You can always see such depth and highlights ans shadows. I love this!