Sunday, May 15, 2011

Spring Bloom

Original Acrylic on Canvas 14 x 18

Although Spring has not officially arrived in Victoria this's SO cold!!! we do have the wildflowers blooming everywhere. They are actually about one month behind their normal blooming schedule. Usually we paint en plein air Easter weekend, and capture them just before they finish, but the blue Camas are still opening. This is Beacon Hill Park near my workplace, and at lunch I captured this shot while taking a walk. The shadows were very short because it was midday, but the colours were wonderful. As always, when I have a lot of green in a painting, I struggle a bit with foreground, midground and background. I pushed and pulled the values and finally settled with this version....for now. Do you find paintings with a lot of green challenging? Do you have thoughts on how to overcome this problem, other than practice?



  1. It's a wonderful paint, the colour is very nice. It's great that you can take a walk for that lovely place.


  2. Ce petit sentier à travers cette nature en fleurie est simplement adorable... Je me sens bien d'admirer votre travail... Je l'aime beaucoup.
    Gros bisous.

  3. Thanks Silvia and Martine, it is a lovely place to walk and enjoy the wildflowers of Spring. And Martine, welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful time vacationing and visiting, but we've all missed you!

  4. Hi Claire!
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    Greetings from Brazil.

  5. these are Lupines, right. How I love them.
    For a great example of painting greens check out Colin Page's work. He's a master.