Greenhouse Gerberas, New Member Gift

Your New Member Gift print of “Greenhouse Gerberas” is an 8″ x 11″ print matted in white to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame.



ABOUT THE ARTWORK

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

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 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!

I began this painting on day 3, but finished it on day 5 of my painting challenge. See other paintings in this and other painting challenges on the page Creative Challenges.

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