Coneflower, Approaching Sunset
oil on wood panel
I'm really enjoying this informal floral series, I must say. Flowers are much trickier than landscapes to paint (for me, anyway) because of their distinct shapes and structure, and they allow me to dig into my collection of oils and use colors not found in the arid landscapes, and challenge my color-mixing and matching skills.
And, I like paring these essentially realistic flowers with simple, abstract backgrounds. A good balance for the direction I'm trying to head with my work. Purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpura) are a popular perennial found throughout the east and midwest, but they don't grow out here.
The palette for this was cadmium orange, cadmium yellow, thalo violet, alizarin crimson, Van Gogh cobalt blue and white. I mixed most of these colors together for the "mother color" to use in the background. Creating a mother color is one of the easiest ways to harmonize a painting.
On an unrelated note, I recently set up a shop on Etsy to sell some of my work. I don't think that many viewers and followers are buyers, but I thought I'd mention it, or if other artists like to do trades. There is a widget for the store in the links column.
On the theme of sunsets, here is a photo from one of last week's sunsets. The sky has been cloud-covered since Saturday, so nothing since then.