oil on gessoboard
After I took Camille Przewodek's workshop in May of this year I painted this bouquet of flowers out in my back-yard. We had done a lot of palette knife painting in the workshop so I used a palette knife and set up my still life in over-head sun in front of a brick wall wanting to capture the warmth of the sun.
I painted what was there in front of me, but something about the subject didn't work for me. The color combination just seemed a little lack-luster...
It wasn't until I saw this painting of "Backlit Sunflowers" by Eric Merrell that I hit me. That wall in the back-ground just didn't do anything to set off the colors of the flowers. What I like about Eric's still life is the color combination. His flowers with that back-ground reminded me of Camille's way of capturing the warmth of the sun hitting a subject. And Eric is a master with colors! He also has a unique way of simplifying his values with his beautiful signature brush strokes.
So today, in my second version, I changed the background to a cooler blue. I also worked on the shadow of the flowers hitting the table cloth and warmed them both up.
Does it make a difference? Let me know what you think!