|Emil Nolde, "Tropical Sun" (from lessing-photo.com)|
|Helen Frankenthaler, "Blue Territory" (from all-art.org)|
After this, we revisited observational still life painting. I asked the students, "If you were to paint the flower (we painted the first week) again, what might you do differently?". Some examples of things students said were that they would "look at the flowers more so that their drawings were more realistic" and they would "paint each petal instead of the flower shape so that the flowers have more details". Students then painted the flowers from observation using brown wash (paint mixed with water) to create an underpainting.
The following week, students re-visited warm and cool colors and looked at two different examples of still life flower paintings. They learned that when artists choose warm or cool colors for the foreground, then do the opposite in the background, it creates a lot of contrast, which makes the flowers "pop" forward.
|Vincent Van Gogh, "Irises" (from Ibiblio.org); |
Example of warm colors in the background
and cool colors in the foreground
|Marsden Hartley, "Summer Clouds and Flowers" (from brooklynmuseum.org)|
Example of warm colors in the foreground and
cool colors in the background
We discussed that this is just one technique for painting flowers (and there are many other ways to paint flowers), but that for this project, we would focus on warm and cool colors being separate in our paintings. The following week, students worked on painting their flowers in either warm or cool colors. After that, students did the opposite types of colors in their background.
The final week, students worked on adding details to their flower paintings using small brushes.
Please enjoy our Flower Still-Life Paintings!