This weeks subject for my classes is Snowdrops and over the past few weeks ideas about how to paint them have been going through my mind. At Art Club I had finished the piece I was working on and wanted something to do for a few minutes.
Using a scrap piece of paper I quickly drew out three snowdrop flower heads. I wanted something a bit different behind the flower heads so I used phthalo blue which is also called “intense blue” to paint a rough background. I then used cadmium yellow straight onto the paper and voilà green leaves removing the need for mixing a green. I damped the heads of the flowers with clean water and added a small amount of purple lake to give the flowers a bit of shape – as you can see the blue decided to run as well! The two “ghostly” flowers in the top right were drops of water which got there by accident – oh well, let’s improvise and add a stalk!!.
All in all quite an interesting experiment – a bright blue background which is a bit unusual and green leaves without the need to mix any colours in the palette!
Total time taken roughly five minutes!