“Say It With Flowers”

The Blackhawk Gallery of Danville, CA show Vision 2013 is exhibiting four of my pastel paintings. “Say It With Flowers” is one of the paintings on display Feb.1 – April 14. It is a studio painting based on a photo reference from Salinas, CA where a patchwork of flowers caught my attention. The perspective of the flower field leads the viewer down the planted rows to the distant hills.  After blocking in the sky and background, I drew guidelines for the flowers.  Some artistic license was used when I rearranged some of the masses of color. Also, I felt that the rooftops of suburban houses against the hills in the photo could be eliminated since they weren’t necessary elements in the painting.

The pastel is 12×24 on Wallis sanded board. I first applied an underpainting of peach dry pastel to give it a warm cast. Pictured here are some of the stages of the painting, “Say It With Flowers” before it was framed.

"Say It With Flowers"

“Say It With Flowers”

"Say It With Flowers"

“Say It With Flowers”

"Say It With Flowers"

“Say It With Flowers”

Blackhawk Gallery is located at 3416 Blackhawk Plaza, Danville, CA and is open Mon – Sat 10-8 and Sun 11-6.

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