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Geraniums painted wet-on-wet

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Geraniums painted wet-on-wet with warm and cool colours.

geranium flower painted wet-on-wet with oil paint

Oil painting wet-on-wet on canvas.

These Geraniums are painted with various tones of red and therefore are classed as from the warm side of the colour wheel.

The leaves being tones of green are classed as from the cool side of the colour wheel.

The red and green are contrasting/complimentary colours.

The background is a mix of both warm and cool colours.

Copyright Jacqui Blackman 1997
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Geranium flowers painted wet-on-wet with Oil paint on a 20" by 16" Canvas.

The pre-primed canvas was first covered with a thin layer of Zest-it Clear Painting Medium, this allows you to work wet-on-wet, the medium was also mixed with the paint throughout. To this, areas of oil colour were applied, the same as those used in the painting, these are brushed in and blended. This gives the main background colour before painting the flowers and leaves.

The red of the flowers and the green of the leaves give the painting a vibrancy, especially against the muted background. Contrast is also shown between the cool highlights on the leaves and flowers and the warm darks. The upright stems of the buds and flowers give some contrast against the round shape of the flowers and leaves. The background also moves from cool to warm colours, it all combines to give depth and dimension to the painting.

The brushes used were a Hog varnish brush to blend the background colours; a " flat One-stroke brush for painting the flowers and leaves and a variety of Rigger brushes to paint the buds and the stems.
Zest-it Oil Paint Dilutant and Brush Cleaner was used for cleaning the brushes and thinning the paint for the very fine lines on the leaves.
Zest-it Damar Painting Varnish was used to give the painting protection, three thin coats were applied and allowed to dry in between application.

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All artwork Jacqui Blackman 1997.

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