100 Starts – Number 80

100 Starts project - Number 80
Number 80 of my 100 Starts project

I’ve been watching these bushes on the side of the house that started getting buds a few weeks ago. I was amazed that something was about to bloom, despite our cold weather and even lots of snow. Based on some research, I believe it’s a winter camellia. The previous owner must love bright pink — first we found the rose bushes in the back yard (I painted a study of one of those roses for Number 73), and now these are popping up!

I premixed my color puddles again today, but may not continue doing it for this particular project. One of my goals for the 100 Starts is to complete the painting in 30 minutes (after the drawing is mapped out). The last two days when I premixed the color it made the whole thing take longer, plus I still spent 30 minutes putting the paint on the panel. So I’ll probably go back to mixing on the fly, with some kind of adjustment to help me keep the number of mixes to a minimum because I really do like that aspect of premixing…mixing as I go results in a lot more chaos on the palette and fights against the simplicity I’m aiming to achieve. Maybe it’s as simple as doing rough mixes that get me in the ball park and then refining them when I get to the painting stage.

Now that I’m in the home stretch I wanted to start posting these daily. The previous studies can be found here.

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