Saturday, May 20, 2023

Post 308: Cherry Blossoms, an Annual DC Event

Painting Name: Cherry Blossoms, an Annual DC Event

A commissioned painting of the Washington DC Spring Cherry Blossoms with a morning sky, and the Washington Monument. At least it will be as the painting progresses! 

Medium: Acrylic
Size: 12x16 Gallery Wrapped Stretched Canvas
Edition Year: 2023
Framed?: No
Commissioned? Yes

What Brought About this Painting?

I LOVE it when someone contacts me because they have seen some of my artwork or a particular painting they love...then ask if they can have something created for themselves.  The size, the orientation or other variables might be in the person's request which makes each painting of a similar location its own special piece.

Painting in Progress Images…

Watch the painting as it progresses!

At least for me, paintings don't tend to start off looking like much when they begin. Blocking in color can be a one tone thing to give a base on a plain white canvas and it looks really blah. I have thrown down a few layers so far to build up the sky and water base already for this painting, so here is my starting point if you want to follow the painting as it develops. 

Often, I begin top down or the thing that is farthest away, in this case, the sky, then the clouds as the painting builds. Artists have various versions of starting points - perhaps based on what they are painting as well. How about you?

Friday, May 19, 2023 12:57 pm. A base of the blues gets sky and water started.

Saturday, May 20, 2023 7:07 am. A line of pink cherry trees are starting to grow. I'll need to finalize the sky and get the monument in there this morning too. Tis my destiny.

Saturday, May 20, 2023 11:42 am. Good progress I think. The Monument has put in an appearance and the trees are starting to bloom.

Saturday, May 20, 2023 7:30 pm. Still much more to do! The water with the reflections, the trees, details-details-details...

Sunday, May 21, 2023 11:50 am. Tweaking away. Debating the addition of a branch slightly hanging down on top left side (close up blossom). I will be tweaking the water quite a lot going forward. Have to work on the bridge to the right.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 7:01 am. Hoping to get some more done on this painting today, a lot going on the next week. 

Friday, June 2, 2023 9:06 am. Back from vacation and tweaking the painting. An art show this weekend: Occoquan RiverFest Saturday and Sunday June 3-4, 2023. An art show booth with the Prince William Art Society at U16.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 8:37pm. The final painting prior to varnish. This has been a fun painting to do - I LOVE the colors! Let me know what you think too.

Another commission in its final stages prior to going to the client. I can hardly wait - its like those TV home renovation shows when they "show" the final results and reveal it to the home owner. I can hardly wait to meet the client and have him see his painting.

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