Rise & Shine
48" x 60" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
Contemporary Cacti Series
Lots of Prickly Pears, blooms, and needles cover the canvas. I started with tinting the canvas with transparent yellow oxide. Here are a few pics of the painting along the way.
I drew some shapes in with charcoal, and immediately started putting the background in. I used violets, blues and diox.
The shapes are very rough and abstract, and here I flipped the canvas upside down to work on it. Several times during the painting process I will turn the canvas on it's side or upside down.
I put several layers of color in, working on getting my values. I need to get my darkest darks in right away...or I will never get them in. I was careful to use transparent oils and medium in the beginning stages of the painting
I continue to layer the paint, using a big wide brush and palette knife. I did pull out a small filbert and put some lines in the add interest and shapes. I also started putting some spiney edges and blotches on the pads.
I deleted some of the flowers and in the end, put in the flower that is the focal point of the painting. I put some flowering petals in with some opaque cool colors, then a few with warm golden shades. That makes it pop! The last step in the painting is to put in the needles...that was so much fun, but once I put them in I could to go back into the painting and change anything or it would become muddy. Rise & Shine is drying at the studio, and will get a coat of varnish---and then it will be available for purchase. Contact Kay Wyne for more information on this colorful and dynamic painting! KMW