Spring Blossoms

Spring Blossoms

by Susan Scheewe
as seen on Scheewe Art Workshop

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The joy of spring and painting beautiful blossoms can create a perfect accent for your home or gift for a friend. Add depth to the surface by starting with the little dimensional nest tucked among the blossoms waiting for a new arrival. Using these same techniques you can create wonderful little greeting cards, a small canvas or make this part of a group of spring paintings.

Materials Needed
Opaque White
Cadmium Yellow Pale
Cobalt Blue
Turquoise Deep
Hookers Green Deep
Burnt Umber
Raw Sienna
Brilliant Cranberry

1 Inch Foliage Brush
1/2 Inch Angular Shader
1 Liner
6 Round
1/4 Inch angular shader
Gallery Wrap Canvas
Texture Medium

A gallery wrap canvas is one that the does not require a frame as the canvas is wrapped along the edges and attached on the backside. The painting shown has 1 1/2 inch depth but you could easily be done on the traditional canvas and accent with a beautiful frame.

Step 1
Place the paint on the palette and spray to control the moisture and paint consistency. Spray the pigment frequently as you paint to keep the pigment workable for hours and hours.

Step 2
The background is painted using mixtures of colors that are brush mixed on your palette as you paint and can easily be adjusted, Apply the pigment with a size 1 foliage brush. Start with Opaque White and then add touches of Cadmium Yellow Pale, and a little Turquoise Deep. Add to the mixture some more Opaque White and a little Cobalt Blue toward the top of the canvas.

Always rinse the brush as you paint to keep fresh colors. It is a good rule when brush mixing to start with the lightest color and add just little touches of the other color or colors.

Step 3
Texture medium is applied to form the dimensional nest. Scoop up the texture medium with the 1/2 Inch Angular Shader and form the nest shape. It is possible to apply enough texture medium to build a lot of dimension. The drying time will depend on the depth, surface, temperature or humidity.

A heavy application may take up to 24 hours to dry.

Step 4
You need not wait for the nest to dry to paint the branches using Burnt Umber. Remember to paint the branch extending to the sides when using a wrap canvas. Paint a branch that would be strong enough to support the nest using a round brush and angular shader.

Step 5
Once the nest has dried apply paint using the 1/2 inch angular shader. The inside of the nest should appear deeper in value using Burnt Umber and dilute the pigment and add some Raw Sienna to form the lighter forward section. Even a little hint of diluted Hookers Green Deep can be a nice. You can remove just a little pigment with a paper towel to bring out the ridges formed with the texture medium. Use a liner to form some twigs that extend out from the nest.

Step 6
The leaves are painted using the 1/2 inch angular shader with Hookers Green Deep. Lighten the value by adding a little Opaque White and Raw Sienna. Deepen the value under the curls using by adding a little Burnt Umber and Violet. The variations in value adds depth.

Step 7
Add blossoms using Opaque White to form the petals. You may want to build up a little dimension by adding thicker paint on the 1/4 in angular shader. Remember to paint some from the side as well as some that are just starting to open. You may desire to make these a soft pink by adding Brilliant Cranberry or add just a hint to a few blossoms.

Use the liner with Hookers Green Deep to form the stems to support the blossoms.

Step 8
Add a center to the blossoms with a touch of Burnt Umber.

Finishing Touches
Once the pigment has dried on the blossoms you will want to come back with just a little hint of Burnt Umber to shadow the back petals.

Tap on a little Hookers Green Deep and hint of Opaque White to form the growth of moss of the branches in a few spots.