Wine And Flowers

I recently completed a mixed media painting that I’m calling, “Wine and Flowers.”

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I discovered during the process of completing this painting that some paintings must “age” just like a bottle of fine red wine.  It was a long process to get to the point that I was satisfied with it.  The size is 16 x 20 inches on canvas.

I thought you might enjoy seeing my process.  I started by covering the canvas with 2 greens using Liquitex Heavy Body Paints.  I then drew a quick sketch with soft vine charcoal and just started adding to the shapes with Golden Fluid Acrylics:

I found that it helped me to buy a few flowers for inspiration even if I wasn’t painting them exactly.  It was fun to add a few drips for what I call the syrupy stage on the left.  Next, I added some collage papers as you can see on the right.  I used my gelli-printed deli papers for my collage and glued them with Liquitex Matte Medium.  I added collage to the flowers, the wine bottle, the flower vase, wine glasses and the bowl for the grapes.

This painting was an experiment to add collage papers in between my layers of paint.  Unlike my last painting that I added all the collage papers at the end.  I then added more paint to soften the collage papers – below, left photo.  Then I got a little crazy and decided to add some white paint because the painting was looking like I didn’t have a good focal point – too many colors!

I call this state the “ugly stage” because it is when I add many layers to find the right balance in my painting – much like a winemaker blends the grapes together to create the ideal wine.

As you can see I first added more paint and then more collage papers to the above photos.  I also tried to consider what direction my light was coming from which I decided from the right – even though this is not an still life, I think it helps to direct the eye.

It was still looking pretty wild so I added a light yellow house paint sample to the background and a purple to the table.  I then scrapped off the paint and scratched into it with the end of my paint brush as you can see below on the left.  This was a totally spontaneous experiment and I loved the result!  I added two colors of Golden fluid translucent paints to warm up the painting as you can see on the right:

It now has an Oaxacan feel to me that I like.  So I added a little more collage to the vase, grapes and wine glass stems.  (Using part of a map that I previously gelli-printed).  In addition, I added details with soft pastels and soft vine charcoal.  I added a few highlights with white charcoal pencil and signed my name.

To finish it, I added several layers of Krylon Low Odor Clear Finish.  It seems to keep the vibrancy of the soft pastels the best.

Now you can see why it took me several weeks to complete this painting.  I think it’s time to celebrate with a glass of wine!

Cheers Friends!!!  🙂

51 responses to “Wine And Flowers

  1. Thank you for sharing your process Jill. It is always a blessing when one shares the different stages of one’s project. This painting will all the bold colors just takes me to a place of pure bliss. :-))) And yes, please pass the wine! 😉

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous and stunning! Love seeing the process and evolution, the push and pull and the discoveries as you went along are wonderful. Fantastic composition and texture, has a lovely energy to it. Thank you for sharing. Cheers to a beautiful work of art!

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  3. Great colours and vibrancy. I like the collage ideas. …I might give that a try

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  4. Quite a complex process! I love the vibrancy. (K)

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  5. It’s beautiful! I love your process and wish I had that much patience. The white makes it pop. The yellow adds zing. It’s awesome!

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  6. Wow, this turned out beautifully, Jill! Love the final product and I really love your very first photo of this project too! Not sure if you might remember the two greens you used at the beginning? I love the simple drawing and the beautiful background you started with. I’m so glad you kept tweaking it and thanks for illustrating how you work and your process. You create amazing depth with all of your layers and those collage papers you create are amazing alone. The perfect compliment to this piece. Still can’t get over that background! Really beautiful work! 💜💛💚❤️💃🏻

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Laura! 🙂 I think I used Liquitex Cobalt Teal and Brilliant Yellow Green “Heavy Body” Acrylics. This is why it is a good idea to keep notes! Lol! 😉 I learned a ton during the process of this painting. One of them being the background color changes the colors of paint on top. I understand more why Lynn Whipple had us start with muted colors for our base. Onto the next one! 🙂

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  7. Awesome! I loved having the chance to actually see your process as you worked on this. Being fairly new to acrylics myself it is always beneficial to see how others work, so thank you very much for sharing!

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    • Hi Ranae! I’m so glad you enjoyed seeing my process. This painting was a bit of a challenge for me. It took me awhile to get to a place that I liked it. I’d suggest you just start and have fun with it! 🙂

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      • Thanks Jill, I am having a blast learning. I loved that you told me to just have fun with it as that is what I tell others with their art also. 😀 I don’t think some people realize how important that element in art is.

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  8. Thanks for sharing your process. My goodness a lot of work and thought but look at the end result. So good!

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  9. This is an incredible transformation and very instructive. I’m so glad you took the images of the painting journey. Bravo Jill.

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  10. Wowza! Amazing – and what is better than wine and flowers in any form! HEHE! Absolutely beautiful Jilly!

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  11. The end result is fabulous! Thank you for sharing this Jill. 🙂 Cheers!

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  12. Thank you for sharing the steps. Beautiful colorful work, and I really LOVE the grapes!

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    • Thank you Birgit! 🙂 It was fun using the old map. I also used the map for part of the wine glasses. If you look closely, one of the stems say “Washington” on it… Fun to add these little touches! 🙂

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  13. A real work of art. Bravo!

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  14. Love seeing other artists processes – and I adore this painting.

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  15. Wow!! Loved seeing this pop up my feed… gorgeous colors and beautifully composed Jill! Nice! 😍 And enjoyed seeing the transformation… thanks so much for sharing!

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  16. Woow so gorgeous colors Jill😍Thanks for sharing the steps, it makes me feel that i should try a mix media painting! Very well done!

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  17. Great job showing your process – and wonderful painting! I love that you experimented and didn’t give up until it felt “done” to you, gluing and scraping your way to a vibrant, fabulous finish!

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  18. This is a fabulous painting that has a Toulouse-Lautrec palette and feel to it! ❤

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  19. Jill, this is such a beautiful painting! I agree it does have an Oaxacan look to it….I also appreciate reading about your process. I have been talking about getting into mixed media like forever, who knows I just might this year. You have inspired me! 🙂

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  21. What a beautiful painting. So glad you recorded the steps you took, its facinating to see your stages of development. I’m not sure how you know where to go next but everything just kept adding beauty to your painting. Thank you for sharing it and a big bravo, its just so bold and beautiful!

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    • Thank you so much Cathe! 💕😄 I’m glad you like it. It was a challenge for me and I did not always know where I was going but that is the dance that makes art so fun to me. I keep experimenting until I am happy with the results I guess. 😍

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  22. Hey, Annie challenged me to do a Liebster Q&A and I thought I’d pass it on to you. No obligation to participate if you’re not interested, just thought I’d give you a shout-out because I love your artwork so much. 🙂
    If you’d like to participate, you can check out my post: https://snehalkank.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/liebster-award-and-roses/

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