Full House © 2014 Karen Mathison Schmidt, artist
6 x 6 inches • oil on archival museum-quality GessobordTM
private collection • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
A very productive day today: This morning I warmed up with this fun little painting to celebrate the mid-spring arrival of the poppies, I also finished the large daffodil painting (pictures to come) and started a new commission, a dog portrait. Whew!
Must be the Cheerios and banana I had for breakfast.
Here are my work-in-progress photos on this one:
I hardly ever start with all yellow. But this time I did.
Cadmium yellow light acrylic to be specific.
Then I added a couple of layers of phthalo blue glaze, making the background a transparent deep green. The deep green background will give those bright red poppies a lot of visual energy.
I brought all my reds and all my yellows out for this painting; my palette was:
French ultramarine blue
Sheveningen green deep (similar to phthalo green)
Sheveningen yellow medium (similar to cadmium yellow light, but non-toxic)
Shev yellow deep (similar to cadmium yellow medium)
cadmium yellow extra deep
cadmium red orange
Sheveningen red medium
Rose dore madder lake antique extra (LOVE this rosy red!)
Check back tomorrow for a look at that large daffodil painting ...