I figured out why I struggle painting plein air peonies or any other flower. They are as hard as a portrait for me. And the reason is the same.
The difference between light and shadow on a flower is just as subtle as the difference in skin tones. You must have shadows to show the light on a nosey or a posey. But it doesn’t look right if the shadows are too dark on either one.
You thought I was going to say that peonies are like people because they are fragile and smell. I just wanted to test whether you’re listening.
The other struggle in this painting is that the peonies would be called “white.” But if you look closely at the video, there is no white at all, not even on the brightest highlight.
I’ve tried what other artists have recommended for beginners: try painting a white egg on a white plate.
That’s what this challenge was like. I still have a lot to learn. But my 2021 peonies are better than my 2020 plein air version. I will keep pressing to make the 2022 blooms even better.
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I am a member of Plein Air Artists of Central Kentucky and of Plein Air Painters of the Bluegrass.
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