In this case the painting was a comission
with very specific elements that the person
wanted included. That's why the drawing is
this detailed. Just a light sketch with a regular
#2 pencil. The paper is 140 lb. cold pressed.
Since I'm putting lots of flowers in the
scene I'll do them first so they'll stand
Now comes the laborious chore of 'negative'
painting the background in and sparing out
the flowers, although you don't need to be
super careful. Don't use a small brush!
I also block in basic colors for the
foreground, the palm tree and the background
Now I've added the hill in the middle distance
and the vineyard. It's the Napa Valley...you've
got to have a vineyard!
beginning to add darker values and you
can see the child emerging and I've also
finished the palm tree and blocked in the
basic color for the tree on the left.
added the darker value to tree on the left
as well as some branch detail and just
some refining of some of the plants. Don't
feel like you have to make every square inch
detailed though. I know some of you are
saying, "Too late for you to take your own
Just fill in the child and the hot air baloons
and we're finished. I even topped this one off
with a few opaque spatters in the garden to
suggest more flowers.