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Blue Pot, Orange Begonia
March 11, 2009, 7:40 pm
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Blue Pot, Oange Begonia, 9x12", pastel on panel, Jeffrey Smith

Blue Pot, Oange Begonia, 9x12", pastel on panel, Jeffrey Smith

I had a few hours to get into the studio today, and thought this would be a great chance to revisit this wonderful potted begonia.  It has been bringing a touch of spring to my studio for the last few weeks.  I really needed it today.  The high here in Minnesota didn’t reach much above zero, and with the wind, it felt much colder.  I can’t wait for the spring thaw!

This piece was painted on a Jack Richeson pastel panel.  This is a new surface for me.  It doesn’t have quite as much tooth as the Wallis pastel paper does.  That means that it probably wouldn’t hold as many layers of pastel.  I do a lot of layering in my work as I play with color, so this one is important to me.  The panel is on Gator board which is very rigid, and very light weight.  Because of  that, I could see these panels being very useful for plein air landscape work. Lightweight makes it easier when you have to haul everything with you, and due to limited painting time, you probably wouldn’t do as much layering.

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Orange and Blue, Potted Begonia
Orange and Blue, Potted Begonia, 12x16", oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

Orange and Blue, Potted Begonia, 12x16", oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

I had the best time painting this one. Hands down….the most fun I’ve had the easel in a long time!  I’m not sure what it was about this set up.  Perhaps  it made me think about spring.  Winter can get a little long here in Minnesota. Or maybe it was the blue and orange color combination;  it is one of my favorites.

What ever the reason, I am quite pleased with how this painting came out.  At 12×16″ it no small amount of canvas to cover in one afternoon.

I started this painting by toning my Raymar linen panel with transparent red oxide oil painting.  I switched to a large bristle brush and loaded it with a thinned mixture of ultramarine blue and alizarin crimson, and used that to draw out the set-up on the canvas.  From there, I moved into the darks and painted them in with the same mixture.