Royal Compliments 18 x 18 Inch Yellow and Purple Sunflower Still Life

I am working with compliments.  My favorite part about that is that the color mixing from lower layers don’t add unwanted contamination.  For instance, yellow sunflowers on a blue background can result in green in the petals when painting in one sitting.  Yellow flowers on a purple background make a nice grey that looks more like another tone in the petal rather than contamination.  

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27 thoughts on “Royal Compliments 18 x 18 Inch Yellow and Purple Sunflower Still Life

  1. Great painting Dawn. I can just imagine you having fun painting those petals and texture. This painting is not too dark but still has an interesting old world feel to it.

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    1. Thank you Cindy!!!! I am doing one today that will hopefully be purple iris on yellow background. Opposite! I am doing it for my bathroom. Tired of the picture in there. That is what is nice about painting. You can just paint another and replace your art every year or two if ya want.

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  2. I love the abstract quality to this one, how you handled those leaves is so cool, nice big swipes of color and your placement is superb. You have a great eye for color and design. I probably have already told you this but I am telling you again ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Thank you! You can tell me that all the time. I won’t get tired of it. Honestly, purple and yellow are not my favorite combination. I think my favorite is greens and reds…but orange and blues are a close second. Palette knife swipes.

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        1. I just can not get into acrylics! I gave it a fair trial…love love love the ease of cleaning and the price compared to oils….hate hate hate the lack of texture and ability to manipulate the paint.

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        2. What I discovered though, is that a quick coat over the gesso, or even by itself without gesso keeps my oils from sinking into the canvas which keeps the painting from uneven sheen and dry areas that pop up after paintings dry. So they are good for something! And, they work well on glass. Hehe.

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