February 2020 Personal Creative Challenge, Day 5: Greenhouse Gerberas

oil pastel painting of gerbera daisies

Greenhouse Gerberas, draft

I worked my way across the rest of this painting the second day and added the finishing touches the third day, and now it’s finished. I only had an hour or two each day to work on it each day, but my goal has been to work on a piece of artwork each day, and this works for me.

I chose oil pastel because the tones of the colors matched the tones in the photo, and I could layer it and build up colors, then finish with working through the composition with the tip of a tool to add definition in the flowers, leaves and stems. When I frame this I will crop it in from the edges a bit. I can see it on a tote bag or placemat too. I guess we’ll see!

Greenhouse Gerberas, oil pastel, 11 x 15 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Below is the first draft from the other day.

Greenhouse Gerberas, oil pastel, 11 x 15 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Greenhouse Gerberas, oil pastel, 11 x 15 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I began this year with a pledge to myself and my art: To be certain I won’t let ideas pass me by I’m setting myself up for a personal painting challenge in February, similar to the painting challenges I’ve participated in in past years. I aspire (but don’t expect) to create a painting or sketch every day in the month, to be posted on my blog each day.

I took the reference photo for this painting at a local greenhouse in 2013. I’ve always liked colorful gerbera daisies and their bold smiling faces. I’ve used it for a few graphic designs and decided someday I’d paint it too. So that time was now. I chose oil pastel because I’ve come to enjoy working out the flowers with layering and impasto on a rough-textured paper.

I didn’t finish it today, but I will work on it tomorrow. I’ll put it up for sale when it’s done!

This is my painting from Day 3. See other paintings in this and other painting challenges on the page Creative Challenges.

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