Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Spring Lilacs 18" x 24" o/p
The weather forecast called for rain today. Rather than loose a day of painting, I decided to do a 'still life' . My choice for this paining was the lilacs that grow around my home. They seem to me to speak of Spring.
The panel for this painting is Masonite with three coats of gesso and a with a OMS (Odourless Mineral Spirit) wash of oil colour. In this case, the colour was Alizarin , tempered with Cadmium Yellow Medium. After the ground colour had been applied, it was evaporated with the use of a hair dryer and gently rubbed down to even out the colour, absorb the excess and to help expose the texture of the gesso.
The colours for the painting were my usual limited palette. No other colours were added.
It was nice to work on a larger panel than I had been used to using this past winter.
'til next...

 

18 comments:

Mariano Zucchi said...

Hi Frank,
Rich alive and beautiful, one cannot ask more in a oil painting. I wish I could see it with my own eyes as photo's are not true representation. Thanks for the tip on ground preparation.

René PleinAir. said...

That will teach the rain!!

Marvelous Frank, your technique suits the subject like a glove.

Juan Carlos Eberhardt said...

¡ muy bueno! ¡que explosión !!
un abrazo

cornel said...

I like it...it express joy of life, light and optimism...a still life for soul

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

I'm going to come back and take another look at your site. Just bought linseed oil. I love your colors and composition. Very inspiring, thank you.

Celeste Bergin said...

is that pretty or what

Dean Grey said...

Frank!

I love these lilacs! Like an explosion of Spring!

Wonderful color selection too.

Nice job with the details in each of the tiny flowers. It must have driven you crazy to paint so many!

I specifically love the detailed set of blooms just off center to the lower right.

Lovely!

-Dean

Frank A. said...

Mariano ! Nice to hear from you.. : ) Thanks for the great compliment.

"Thanks for the tip on ground "

Your welcome. hope it helps.

Take care..

Frank A. said...

Hey, Rene..Thanks!

I hope that you have a great summer of painting.
Love what you are doing...
Stay well.

Frank A. said...

Juan Carlos..Thank you very much. It is exciting to have you here.
You have a very interesting style and blog..great graphic work.

Respects...

Frank A. said...

Cornel..Thank you for your thoughts ! I am pleased to feel that the painting is more than what meets the eyes.
Enjoyed your Blog ! Never boring...always stimulating and in may of the pieces the suttle humour is not lost on me.. : )

Happy 'shooting'

Frank A. said...

Joan, Thanks for the compliment,
"I'm going to come back and take another look at your site."
...and the positive fibes you send out . : )
"Very inspiring, thank you."
My pleasure..

Happy painting..

Frank A. said...

Celeste...Thank you very much. Nice to hear from yu...

Frank A. said...

Hi Dean ! Gee, You have really looked at this piece. I appreciate reading your thoughts on this painting. Now I have been forced to take a further look at it.

"I specifically love the detailed set of blooms just off center to the lower right."

Just above that...could use a bit of work,..I think. (?)
Anyway, nice to hear your thoughts...Thanks again.

Take care.

Chad Wallace said...

Wonderful color choices.

Frank A. said...

Chad..Thanks for the compliment and for checking the blog out. Appreciate it !

Sandra T said...

Stunning painting. Your colours are beautiful. Sumptuous.

Frank A. said...

Sandra T.. Thank you for your eloquent compliment. ...Much appreciated.

Smiles..