11 x 14 inches
pastel on black matboard
Another floral painting, on a new surface: black matboard. Our local frame shop carries pre-cut 11x14 pieces of their archival matboard for $2, so I picked up a piece to experiment with. The nice thing about working on this surface is that it simplifies framing as no mat or mounting is needed. It was perfect for the project I had in mind.
I love daisies - they are so cheerful and even though they are a non-native flower, I still enjoy seeing hem in large meadows up in the mountains. This painting is based on a photo I took on some hike last year. I realized that I really liked the simple design. The individual flowers are interesting to me because they are in all different planes, and have these wonderful cast shadows, adding to the depth and dimension of the image. And the out-of-focus background is the perfect abstract accompaniment to keep the focus on the flowers.
Here's how it looks in a small gold frame, unmatted (complete with regular glass and part of my arm, face and camera lens in the glare):
I decided that I didn't care for the intense blue sky on the Hollyhocks painting, and was able to make adjustments yesterday. I grayed the sky down a touch, and added another layer to the flowers, making some value adjustments along the way. I think it is much improved.
Hollyhocks, redux - in gold crackle frame from Dick Blick
I decided to try some of the pre-made Simpleton plein air frames that Dick Blick carries. They are affordable and since I try to paint in standard sizes, I can easily swap out the paintings for exhibitions and to show what a painting for sale looks like in a frame. I got a Logan point driver and some other framing supplies, and now I can do framing at home. For someone a limited budget, it's a good option.
Sunset from 2 nights ago: