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Thursday 1 March 2012

"He Loves Me, He loves Me Not..." Summer still life painting

The 1st of March today, St David's Day . The skies are blue and the sun is shining bright, a real promise of Spring :)
I have been busy giving the kitchen a fresh coat of white paint. The crisp bright white with the lovely weather reminded me of  Summer days when the fields and roadsides are a mass of bold ox-eye daisies, bobbing and dancing in the wind. Childhood memories of sitting on the grass, pulling off the petals chanting " He loves me, he loves me not".
I thought I would use one in a still life composition, a romantic mix of colours and textures, a touch of Summer romance.
Straw hat, chiffon scarf and a daisy

                          "He Loves Me...He Loves Me Not"
                                  Acrylic on box canvas, 18"x14"x1.5"...
Today was spent sketching out and getting the under painting started...
Painting in the first layers of acrylic

Started to build up the layers of colour on the hat and scarf today....
Bulding up the textures of the scarf and straw hat

Painting in the shadows ......
Adding the shadows to the painting

and finished 
"He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not"
Acrylic on box canvas 18"x14"x1.5"
"He loves me, He loves me not..."

Wall view

Delighted that this was chosen as "Picture of the month" in the Artist and Illustrators, June 2012 edition of their  magazine
Featured in Artist and Illustrator

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