Friday, July 8, 2016


Acrylics on paper. 18x24 cm

I believe, after my recent experiments with painting, that drawing skills play a very crucial but hidden role in a realistic painting. Even if the colors are messed up or not very well executed, the final outcome still looks pleasant. The other way around, careful and patient handling of colors and brushes on a not so "good" drawing almost always look awkward; which is always undesirable for a realistic painting except of course that rawness is what the artist is looking for.

Well, here are the steps I took to make sure the Tulips end up looking like Tulips and the proportions of leaves to that of this really cool transparent bluish vase are harmonious.

1. Underpainting - That thin grayish layer to get rid of the fear of empty white canvas ;) Just partially kidding, actually underpainting gives that muted glow to the finished painting and is used extensively by almost everyone.
2. Drawing - An enjoyable process in itself albeit being the driest(both metaphorically and literally) part of the whole thing. Use as much eraser as you need and want until the drawing feels sufficiently good. Patience and time spent at this stage will pay wholeheartedly later.
3. Painting leaves first so that when the blue of the vase is painted over, the part of the stem inside the vase will still be visible underneath.
4. Painting the vase with thinned blue using Acrylic Medium to suggest the transparency of the vase.

5. Painting tulips. I found this the easiest part of the whole thing.
6. Background. Here was a difficult decision. To use complementary colors or analogous. I "like" Van Gogh's Sunflowers (There are some other paintings from him which I personally find absolutely enchanting and if I would write about those, "like" would surely be an unfit expression.. Well, its what they say is a "geschmackssache") so thought of giving the same analogous colored background treatment to the tulips.

A dividing brushstroke of a deep dark blue between two background colors like the one in the Sunflowers from Vincent will surely make it more mature ;) Well maybe, its destined to be deprived of that line. (the bastard ego of the creator!)

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